Love it or hate it the Winter months are upon us and while its easy for us owners to wrap up warm, it’s not so convenient for our furry friends. Dogs need to be kept warm, particularly when out walking. The ice and snow on the ground can be painful on paws while grit and salt play havoc with their pads and can get in between their toes.
Here are some handy tips for looking after your pets in the cold weather:
Coats – dogs have their own built in insulation but some breeds, such as Pugs and French Bulldogs, feel the cold much more than others. If you are buying a coat for your dog it’s a good idea to take your dog with you, most retailers will be happy to let you try coats for size. A good coat should protect a dog from the neck to the base of the tail and the whole tummy area.
Paws – some people buy special bootees for their dogs, but this isn’t always necessary unless there is a problem with their paws. Inspect your pets’ feet regularly, look out for grazes, red marks or anything that looks different and if you are concerned then contact your vet for more advice. Prevention is better than cure, as they say, so try using a petroleum jelly such as Vaseline as a barrier on the pads of the feet before going out for a walk. Try to ensure your dog doesn’t lick this off and then when you return wash the remainder off with lukewarm water. Shorter walks in the winter are safer and get into the habit of washing your dogs’ paws when they get home to get rid of any grit or salt that may accumulate and cause discomfort and pain.
Also, please remember that radiator coolant and anti-freeze are highly toxic. Keep these sealed and out of reach at all times; and if you spill any, then make sure the area is thoroughly cleaned before letting your pet near it.
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