Keeping your pup warm and safe during the winter is a must as dogs do a few things to communicate with us when they are too cold. Here’s a few warning signs to look out for and some remedies that might help your pup during this chilly season.
These might seem obvious but it’s always important to be attentive when you’re on a walk with your pup or your pup is just playing outside. *Via the Ontario Humane Society and ASPCA
- Shaking or shivering
- Hunched posture with a tucked tail
- Whining or barking
- Change in behavior
- Reluctance to keep walking or tries to turn around
- Lifts paw off the ground
If your dog exhibits any of these behaviors and you don’t react quick enough it can result in frostbite and hypothermia. If your pup is showing signs of either of these diagnoses, immediately call your vet and make sure to wrap your pup in a warm blanket/coat in a heated space. If you're not sure if your pup is too cold it’s better to get your pup a check-up as soon as you can rather than wait because many times things like frostbite can take several days to develop.
Here are some items that may help your pup feel more comfortable outside to make sure they’re having the best time this winter.
Dog Boots: When your dog is outside in the snow often they can develop ice balls on the pads of their paws making it painful to walk. Dog boots help to alleviate that pain and discomfort.
Dog Sweaters: If you have a short haired dog they can get cold very easily so adding an extra layer can help them add some extra warmth.
Cozy Dog Bed: After your pup is done playing make sure they have a cozy place to cuddle and get rid of the chill. This is the perfect bed for your fur friend to snuggle.
Paw Cleaner: Great for getting rid of salt and other chemicals your dog’s paws have picked up while going outside for walks.
As the winter continues, especially where we are in Minnesota, let us know if you use these tips and tricks! Keeping our pups safe is our main concern and we hope you + your pup are staying warm and safe this winter.