Keep Your Dog Safe In Cold Weather     

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The American Kennel Club has advised dog owners to take some safety measures this winter in order to keep their dogs safe and warm in cold weather. Follow these simple steps and enjoy winter with your furry friend!

First of all, limit the time your dog spends outdoors.  Even if they enjoy spending time in the snow, don’t let them play in the cold for long periods of time.

Keep them warm, dry and away from drafts.  When they get wet, towel or blow-dry them and don’t forget to dry and clean their paws.  Further, groom them regularly.  If your dog has long hair, you don’t need to buy them winter clothes, but if they have short or coarse hair, maybe you should purchase a coat or sweater for them.  In addition, place pads and blankets all around your house because tiles and uncarpeted floors can become extremely cold in the winter.

When you take your dog for a walk near frozen lakes, rivers and ponds be careful.  Also, never leave your dog alone in the car.  If the engine is left on, the carbon monoxide will endanger your dog’s life and if the engine is off, the temperature will get too cold in the car. Finally, feed your dog additional calories especially if they spend a lot of time outside and/or are working dogs.


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