Winter Safety and Comfort for Pets
Winter is right around the corner and the first snowfall isn’t far behind. While some dogs thrive in this weather, others require a little more preparation to manage the chill of winter. Therefore, in addition to reducing your Dog Owner Liability, protect your pet this season by following these tips. Remember, when your dog is injured, sick, or uncomfortable, they are more prone to reacting adversely, so take this information to heart.
Hypothermia and frostbite are common issues in dogs during harsh winters. Never leave your pet outside all day during extreme weather, as hypothermia is a life-threatening condition. Stay alert for signs of lethargy, shortness of breath, shivering or a weak pulse. In addition, watch out for discolored skin or blisters on your dog’s extremities including the tail, ears, and paws, as this could indicate frostbite.
Ice melters can irritate your pet’s paws, so be sure to wash their feet or wipe them down after returning from a walk. If your dog is smaller, wipe down their legs and belly, as well.
Dogs with short coats or low body fat (Chihuahuas, Greyhounds, miniature Pinschers etc.) will benefit from a water-resistant sweater or coat when outdoor temperatures drop. Further, limit the duration of your outdoor trips to minimize the chance of frostbite or hypothermia and don’t let your dog eat snow- the snow may cause stomach upset or there may be hidden objects in the snow, says Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Obedience training is key.
Walking your dog in the snow and on ice can be dangerous for both of you. Therefore, ensure your dog responds to “heel” and “wait” when walking on a leash to prevent pulling and falling. Further, make sure your dog responds to his name and stays close by to prevent him from getting into any antifreeze, hidden objects in the snow, etc. Be sure to reward them for great behavior while outdoors!
About Canine Liability
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.