Dogs are susceptible to a number of health issues, if left unattended during winter months. It is therefore necessary for all dog owners to abide by few rules and guides to take proper care of their doggies and help them to stay fit and healthy during chilled times. Here are few steps and processes that would help you to make your pup comfortable and healthy during chilled months.
What to do for protecting doggies during winter – few steps
Do not ever leave your dog outside the room alone for long hours. Dogs are not able to withstand extreme cold and can catch innumerable diseases. Take your pup to a warmer place, or make its bed at a warmer corner in your room.
Pet dogs are also susceptible to frostbite. Make sure to check the feet, ears and tail continuously to make sure that your poo is not affected with it.
Pet dogs should be groomed regularly during winter months. A well-groomed fur coat would help your dog stay properly insulated. Winter chill may affect dogs with coarse or short haired dogs much easily. Consider using comfortable coat or sweater for such dog breeds.
Removing snowflakes from the fur of dogs (if you reside in region experiencing snowfalls) is a must to keep dogs warmer during winter. Trim excess hair from foot pads and toe region for removing snowflakes from your dog’s coat easily.
Always try to offer your pet warmer food. Keep the food of your poo under room temperature, probably at a warmer corner of your room, for sometime before serving. Keep sufficient amount of water for your dog. Dogs require plenty of water to drink during freezing months. Store drinking water for your poo at a warmer corner of your room.
In case your pet dog experiences hypothermia, i.e., the temperature of its body declines below normal level, cover it with warm blanket and keep your dog at a warmer place inside your home, away from doors and windows. This would help to regain normal body temperature of your pet. Try to cover the pads of feet of your dog and ears lightly. This would make your pet regain temperature easily.
In case the body temperature falls below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, consider to consult veterinarian immediately.
Rock salt or other chemical that are used for melting snow can prove to be dangerous. These inflame the digestive tracts of dogs, if consumed accidentally. Always wipe the paws of your dog with a piece of warm cloth after returning from a walk.
In case your pet experiences frostbite, by any means, bring it to a warmer corner immediately. Soak its extremities in a bucket of warm water so that ice crystals melt easily and blood circulation is restored.
Never rub frostbitten tissues since frozen crystals might aggravate the damage. Cover the dog with a blanket after it warms up and check with a veterinarian.
Preventive steps would certainly protect your pet dog from the perils of chilled weather. It is necessary to make sure it stays at warmer environment to remain healthy throughout the season.