Winter Challenges: Keeping Your Dog Healthy and Safe
Harsh weather can cause adverse effects on your pooch. Since conditions such as chapped paws and frost are common threats in colder regions of the country, it is imperative to keep your pet protected and warm during the winter months. It’s important to remember that when a dog is uncomfortable, injured or sick, they are more likely to bite, and therefore Canine Liability Insurance is essential. In addition to being insured, be sure to keep the following winter safety tips in mind.
Frostbite and Hypothermia- Senior dogs and puppies are more susceptible to the negative effects of the cold. As these temperature related conditions can be life-threatening, keep an eye out for frost occurring at your pup’s extremities, most commonly the tails, ears, and feet. Watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite with shallow breathing, lethargy, excessive shivering, discolored skin, and blisters, according to The Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Adjust Food- Pets require more food during the winter as they exert more energy to stay warm. As such, their diets should be increased to nourish their bodies with much needed calories.
Keep Warm During Walks- Winter gear isn’t just for humans. Pets should be outfitted with booties, coats, and even hats if their ears are particularly sensitive. This will keep them comfortable and protect against frostbite while they are outdoors.
Protect Against Salt- Especially in the freezing cold regions of the country, salt is commonly used to melt snow and ice and prevent it from refreezing. However, this salty solution can be harmful to your pet’s paws. If you and your pet take routes that are paved with salt, consider getting booties to protect their sensitive paws. When you get home, wash your dog’s feet and any affected areas.
Grooming- Avoid washing your dog too frequently during the winter so the essential protective oils are not removed from his coat. Further, nail clippings may need to be increased as your dog spends more time indoors and on soft surfaces. Last, check your pup’s paws for irritation. If so, they can be soothed with foot balm for pets or simply petroleum jelly.
At Canine Liability, we want to make sure you and your pet have a safe and comfortable winter season. In addition, we offer protection to dog owners from dog bite claims and injuries to others. For more information, contact our specialists today at (855) 534-6495.