5 Winter Safety Tips for Dogs

5 Winter Safety Tips for Dogs

5 Winter Safety Tips for Dogs
It is time to really prepare for the long, cold, winter months, and as you do, don’t forget to think about your four legged friends too. Take a look at these 5 winter safety tips for dogs that you should keep in mind. When you follow these winter safety tips for dogs, you can be sure you are doing all you can to keep your dog healthy and happy during the rugged winter months.

1. Get a fireplace screen.
Make sure you have a screen in front of your fireplace. This will help keep your dog at a safe distance and remove any chances of burns or singes. If your dog likes to cozy up to the fireplace in order to stay a little warmer you might consider placing a gate around the fireplace in order to ensure your pet stays a safe distance while they nap.

2. Put on a sweater.
If your dog will allow it, have him wear a dog sweater or dog jacket on all walks and during outdoor playtime. This will help keep his chest warm and can make breathing in the cold air a little bit easier. It will also help protect his skin. Davinia and Indiana will wear clothing to stay warm but they both think playing in the snow should be done all natural and will take clothing off. Which leads me to another safety tip. If it is wet or there is snow on the ground make sure your dog is in some sort of waterproof clothing so that the clothing you put on to protect them from the cold get damp and freeze their body!

3. Increase protein in your Senior Dog’s Diet.
If your dog is more active or has to work harder in the winter months obviously supplement their food. However for the vast majority of dogs they do less work and go on shorter walks when it is cold out. So while some places say you can feed more during the winter you need to make the best decision for your dog’s overall health.

When it comes to Senior dogs many will need some extra protein added to their diet. Monitor your Senior dog and if you see them shedding a pound or two and they shouldn’t be add in a small amount of healthy protein to their diet. For a small to medium dog this means a scoop of pure protein so anything from a half of a scrambled egg when you have breakfast to a few shreds of your leftover chicken from dinner. If you give your dog cans with their meal or for their meal only increase if it is pure protein or completely grain free. It is about ensuring they have what their body needs.

4. Invest in a water bowl heater.
A [prosperInsert q=”QUERY” b=”BRAND” m=”MERCHANT” l=”LIMIT” v=”GRID, LIST OR PRICE COMP”]water bowl heater[/prosperInsert] is idea to have for your outdoor water bowl. This way, you dog’s water source won’t freeze, leaving them without a source of hydration. It is also a good idea if your dog has their water placed in a location in the house that doesn’t stay heated 24 hours a day. Keeping the water the same temperature in the winter as the summer is a great idea. All of the dry heat will make them thirsty and need to hydrate more often!

5. Always keep his fur dry.
After baths or play time, be sure to thoroughly dry your dog’s fur. Leaving it wet during these cold months can leave him uncomfortable and even lead to illness. Be sure to dry him with a towel instead.

Give these 5 winter safety tips for dogs a try and see how much happier your dog will be.

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  1. Maybe we should try increasing Katie’s protein in the winter, never heard of that before.
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  2. Interesting points – we have a Husky x German Shepherd and she loves the cold weather although I suspect, from what you write, that you are in a colder place than us here in Northern France.
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