Winter is in full force.
Updated: May 14
Let’s talk about how to keep those pups safe in the winter!
Here in Charlotte we thankfully don’t have to worry about the hazards of snow and ice that the northern part of the country has to contend with. However, winter for us still poses some challenges. Consider these winter safety precautions to ensure your dog's well taken care of in the winter months.
While it may seem a bit frivolous, some breeds of dogs are extremely susceptible to cold, so they will need the right clothing to protect them throughout the winter. All dogs can suffer from frostbite, especially on delicate ear flaps and tail tips. A sweater or booties may be needed to protect the torso or paw pads from the cold.
Even if your dog isn’t dashing through 1,000 miles of frozen Alaskan wilderness, winter conditions can still do damage. Different retailers offer dog boots or paw protectors that work well to keep your pup’s feet safe. Dogs are just as susceptible to hypothermia or frostbite as humans, so your companion should spend as much time indoors as possible.
During the winter, many individuals opt to use space heaters, electric blankets, candles, and other heating products which could prove to be fire hazards. Unplug everything after each use and be mindful of your dog's behavior during cold winter nights. Be sure to keep a close eye on these products, as one swish of a tail could knock something over and leave you with a major problem on your hands.
Even a big fuzzy dog that lives indoors will need some extra play time inside to bust the winter blues. Keep indoor activities fun with fun ideas like hide and seek or obstacle courses to give your dog both mental and physical exercise. Short romps outside will help your dog’s body get used to the change in the weather.
Beware of Antifreeze
As little as a teaspoon of antifreeze can cause kidney failure. Be alert to the signs that your dog has swallowed some of it, which include drooling, vomiting, seizures, excessive thirst, panting, lethargy, and a drunken appearance. If you think they've have ingested antifreeze, consult your vet as soon as possible.
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