Jan
07
2019

How To Keep Your Dog Safe In Winter

keep dog safe in winterAs winter settles in across the country, we want to offer tips on how to keep your dog safe in winter — even if it is a breed who thrives in these colder temperatures. For those of us who live in parts of the country where snow, ice and frigid temperatures aren’t a major concern, we don’t think about what it’s like for those dogs who have to navigate snowy steps or icy terrain just to get out-of-doors for a visit to Mother Nature!

Winter safety tips vary for dogs who are hardy as compared to those who are hairless and not well-suited to cold temperatures, but there are a few tips that are universal.

How To Keep Your Dog Safe In Winter

Don’t leave your dog outside, unprotected. If you have a breed of dog — like a Bernese Mountain Dog or a Husky — who lives for the time of year that leaves the rest of us shivering indoors, they can tolerate cold temperatures, but there still needs to be precautions for their safety.

  1. If your dog wants to be outside, he needs a shelter from the winds and cold — if he wants it.
  2. She needs access to fresh, not frozen water.
  3. If she has a shelter, make sure the straw is clean or that the blankets are clean and not frozen.

Even if your dog loves the winter, don’t leave him out too long. Check on him to make certain he is enjoying his time out of doors. If it’s raining and cold your dog can get chilled through and even a protected dog house won’t warm him. Keep him safe and protected from the elements.

Protect the paws. Icy steps need to be cleared and many pet parents use rock salt or an ice-melt product to do just that. If you have dogs in the house, use a pet-safe ice melter product. Even when you do that, the pieces of rock salt can get in between your dog’s paw pads and cause discomfort. If you have a small dog, carry her down the steps so she can avoid the rock salt. If you have a large dog, clean his paws.

If you’re taking your dog for a walk, put on some paw pad protecter — like Musher’s Paw Wax. This is easy to apply and most dogs don’t mind this (as many will mind wearing boots!) Paw wax provides a protective barrier between the snow and ice and your dog’s paws.

Dress them up. Some dogs love to wear clothes. If that’s the case with your dog, put a sweater or jacket on when you take him out. If your dog doesn’t tolerate clothing, don’t fight with him to get it on or you may suffer a dog bite. Know your dog and his personality and go from there.

Smaller dogs or those without thick fur may shiver and shake in the cold; dress him or limit time in the elements.

As always, don’t leave a dog alone in a car. A cold car is just as dangerous as a hot car; hypothermia can quickly beset your dog. Leave him home in his warm house while you run errands.

About FIDOThere are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.

 

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