As the northeast gets a last bout of winter, we have a few tips for keeping your dog healthy in the snow:
- Keep your dog inside where possible. The cold temperatures can cause a dangerous situation more quickly than you can imagine. Even sitting in an idle car for too long can cause your dog to start entering hypothermia. This is particularly the case on cold windy days when the wind chill brings on hypothermia even faster. This advice applies double for puppies, and older dogs. This is not the best time to try out your new dog containment system for extended periods.
- If your dog spends a lot of time in the cold, particularly if they are a working dog, increase their rations temporarily for the winter. In particular try and increase their fat and protein intake. A bit of olive oil and an egg on top of their kibble helps give them that extra nutrition to get them through the winter in tip-top condition.
- If you live in an area where there is a lot of salt use to thaw out roads and pavement, be sure to clean off your dog when they come back inside. Your dog’s love of salt, plus their desire to keep them self well groomed can lead to the ingestion of all sorts of nasties. So best to clean it over before it goes in their mouth.
- If cracking paw pads is a problem, monitor the situation carefully and preemptively strike. Keep paws dry, by wearing doggy booties, or use Vaseline to keep pads supple.
Finally, have fun. Check out this great pictures of first dog, Bo Obama playing in the winter snow. (Courtesy of Huffington Post)
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