Keeping your dog warm in the winter is important. However, it’s just as important to ensure that they are comfortable when doing so. You may notice your dog frozen in one place or walking funnily after you dress them up! Here are some tips for keeping your pooch comfortable and stylish this winter.
Does my dog need a winter coat?
That all depends on your breed. Northeastern breeds are well-suited to survive in cold climates because of their thick fur. Malamutes and Siberian Huskies come immediately to mind as having an especially thick, double-coat which helps them maintain warmth when outdoors for long periods. This is why it’s important to never shave these breeds, as they can compromise their natural insulation.
Our smaller toy breeds, as well as short and smooth-coated breeds like Boston Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier, will need an extra layer to keep them warm. A small dog’s body does not generate enough heat to keep itself warm in the winter. Imagine going out in -15 degree Celsius weather without a glove. If it’s too cold to leave the house without gloves, your pooch will need a jacket!
Are dog booties necessary?
Make sure they’re wearing the right booties! Also, be mindful of their toenails. Dogs with long nails will find those tight-fitting boots irritating if you don’t trim them before buying footwear for your pup. Balloon-type rubber boots are not recommended for harsh winter weather as they have no insulation. The rubber material is also prone to breakage in freezing temperatures, which can only be thrown away.
Just be sure to fit the boots securely around the ankles and monitor every paw to make sure you haven’t lost a boot in the snow!
Dogs need ear protection in the winter. Especially if it’s windy! Dog ears are very thin and sensitive regardless of whether they stand up or lay down when exposed to outside conditions like snowstorms and blizzards. When exposed for too long, it can even cause frostbite, which can leave permanent tissue damage. You can find ear muffs or snoods for dogs that keep their entire head warm and protected.
The winter months can be tough for your furry friends. Dress them up with a warm coat to keep the cold air off their skin and stomachs, as well as boots to help protect against frostbite on their paws. Keep walks short during these colder days- it will save energy and prevent hypothermia. If you notice any signs of frostbite on the paws or ears, take them to a vet immediately! If you’re looking for more ways to make sure your dog is comfortable this season, contact us today!
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