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Dogs and Snow: 5 Tips to Protect Your Dog During Winter

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Winter is here and it is time for some good tips for a “Dogs and Snow” wrap up!

Playing with your pooch in snow is one of the finest moments of owning a pet. However, the snow and low temperatures might harm your dog, making it imperative to take preventive measures. If you want to play with your furry pal in the snow or want to walk her in the chilly outdoors, these tips will come in handy.

Acclimatization

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If your dog’s breed has a thick coat that locks in warmth during the cold months, going for a walk or playing with the snowman will not be a hassle. Acclimatize your dog to the dropping temperature gradually. Observe the dog’s reaction the first time you take it out into the snow. If the dog does not shiver or tries to get back indoors, then you can allow the dog to enjoy some time outside.

Increase the time you spend outside gradually until the pooch becomes fully acclimatized to the weather. That way, both of you can enjoy memorable snowy moments before the season ends. A thin-coated dog will require a coat or sweater to protect it in the frigid winter cold. However, the dog’s peripherals like the feet, ear, and tail may suffer frostbite, so wear protective gear whenever you are heading out and limit your outdoor adventures.

Here is a VIDEO by Pet Health Network giving insights on how to get your dog use to the cold weather.

Walk Her Only When It’s Sunny

Regardless of the falling temperature, you still need to exercise your dog. To make the walks easier for your dog, go out when the temperature is warmer such as in the late mornings or early afternoon when it is sunny. Not only is the temperature warmer when there is sunshine, you and your pet will also enjoy a dose of vitamin D, which is known to boost immune system function. Spend as much time as you can in the sun during winter. Your waistline will thank you for it.

Here is a VIDEO by Vetstreet showing practical ways  to walk your dog during winter.

Provide Plenty of Water

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You might think that the low temperatures will reduce dehydration in your dog, but you are wrong. Your dog loses as much water in winter as it loses in warmer months as it uses a lot of energy to keep warm. Provide plenty of fresh water in and around the home, so your dog always stays hydrated.

Provide Warm Bedding

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Be sure to provide a cozy sleeping place for your pooch during the winter. Your home might heaters working at full capacity, but the cold floor will sap the warmth out of your dog. Reinforce your pet’s resting place with extra sheets of warm blankets or get a raised bed to keep your furry companion off the bare floor. If your dog is a senior, a heated bed can make all the difference for his aching joints. Also, avoid placing your dog’s bed in cold spots to keep him warm and cozy.

Here is a VIDEO by eHow giving tips on keeping your dog warm during winter via the use of warm blankets and others.

Remove the Snow

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While it is fun to play with your dog in the sun, it can be dangerous to leave the snow around, especially near the fence and exits. Melting snow can make the ground slippery, and can injure your playful dog. Be sure to clear the snow away from your pooch’s favorite spots and do not allow the dog to spend too much time playing outside to prevent hypothermia.

Will you be spending a lot of time outdoors with your dog? Remember these tips to help keep your furry companion in top shape.

Watch this VIDEO by Kat George on how to remove snow from your dog.

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