Tips on how to protect your dog from the cold

The weather is getting colder again for a longer period of time, and it would be a good idea to pay attention to the safety of your dog. Here are some tips:

  1. Avoid long walks in cold weather: Avoid long walks in cold weather, especially in windy weather. Shorter and more frequent walks are better than a long, cold trek.
  2. Ensure enough indoor time: If the weather is particularly cold, give your dog plenty of time indoors to warm up and relax.
  3. Provide a warm place to sleep. If the dog is most often outside, it should be a place where it can get some shelter from the cold. If you prefer, you could consider a special insulated dog bed.
  4. Add more calories to the food: In cold weather, the dog spends more energy to keep itself warm. Add more calories to his food to compensate for the energy loss.
  5. Avoid bathing in cold weather: If your dog loves water, keep him away from cold water to prevent hypothermia.
  6. Dry the dog properly after the walk: If the dog gets wet in snow or sleet, dry him properly. Moisture increases the risk of freezing. You have to be careful when you put a snowy dog in a cold car. There could be a fleece blanket to warm the dog.
  7. Check the condition of the paws: In cold weather, the dog’s paws can dry out and crack. Use special dog creams or ointments to protect his paw pads.
  8. Dress your dog warmly: Invest in special dog clothes, especially if your dog is a breed with a thin coat or low fat layer. Use a warm jacket, hat and even shoes to protect him from the cold. At the same time also, make sure that the dog does not overheat in front of the clothes.
  9. Know your dog’s limits: Every dog is unique and cold tolerance can vary depending on breed, size, age and health. Pay attention to your dog’s behavior and adjust their outdoor activities accordingly. Learn the signs of frostbite, such as shivering, and check for frostbite in the ears and paw pads. If you notice these symptoms, bring the dog to a warmer place.
  10. Consult a Vet: Every dog is different, so consult your vet for specific recommendations regarding your dog’s health and how to cope with cold weather. Make regular visits to the vet to make sure your dog is at the right weight to handle the cold. A veterinarian can also make recommendations based on the specific breed and situation.