Top 8 Winter Safety Tips For Dogs

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With winter coming, there are a whole new slew of dangers coming to your dog.

But by following these simple tips, you can help keep your puppy safe during the colder months.

1. Limit time outdoors

Although dogs love to be outside, don’t let them stay outside for long periods during winter months. It may seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget.  Some dogs are accustomed to cold weather conditions, while others experience a hard time during the winter.  If it’s freezing outside, your dog might become susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia – maybe you should put him/her a coat on?  Jackets and sweaters intended for dogs will keep them warm during winter walks.  However, if you have a small dog, maybe you should train him/her to use a potty so s/he wouldn’t need to go outside often.  Also, it is advisable to limit time outside to 15 minutes during really cold days.

2. Build a canine shelter outdoors

[mnright]If you don’t already have one, you should purchase or build a doghouse for your canine friend. They don’t have to be expensive, they just need to provide shelter.

Make sure the floor is lined with carpet or pads.

3. Watch out for anti-freeze

People often use anti-freeze in their cars during winter, but this chemical can be deadly to dogs. Propylene glycol tends to have a sweet taste that’s tempting to canines, so clean up any driveway spills and keep your containers sealed.

4. Check and dry their paws regularly

The pads on a dog’s paws can become dried or cracked in cold weather. Each time your canine comes in, dry her paws with a towel.

This can become a fun routine after a while even if your puppy dislikes the process at first.

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