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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5. Don’t trim their fur as often

Warm fur makes a perfect, natural cover for dogs in the winter. If you trim it often during the summer, let it grow longer in winter.

For a canine with short fur, outfit him with a doggie sweater.

6. Make sure your puppy comes when called

If you often walk in the woods with your dog, it’s important that he comes when called. This is especially important in winter as young dogs can run out onto lakes and ponds that may not be completely frozen.

7. Avoid letting your dog eat snow

Dogs have a natural tendency to eat snow. Try to avoid this because snow can cause hypothermia, and may have hazardous objects hidden inside it.
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8. Feed your dog a little extra

Canines that are outside often burn extra calories staying warm. Keep them happy and healthy with a little extra food.

Following these simple tips, your puppy can stay happy and healthy this winter!

Your furry friend will probably require between 10% and 90% more calories than usual.  However, if your dog remains indoors during most of the winter, don’t give him/her too much food, because if you do, your dog will gain weight.

And since we eat more during the winter, we tend to give our leftovers to our pets – don’t do this unless you are sure the food you are giving your dog is safe and healthy for him.

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