Dog Care in Winter – 10 Practical Tips

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1-Beware of Cold Weather!

Winter is coming. It’s getting really cold. Every day, dozens of our four-legged friends on the street will try to cope with the approaching cold. So, is your dog, your best friend, ready for winter? In winter, dog care requires more care and attention. How to walk, what to do, what to pay attention to? Let’s take a look at them in 10 steps.

Some breeds are very lucky. Mother nature has endowed them with thick fur that naturally keeps them warm in very cold weather, but our thin-furred friends may need to wear a sweater or coat when going for a walk in winter, especially to protect their belly. But remember that neither clothes nor feathers protect the ears, feet and tail from the cold.

2- Wait For The Sun

Especially do not leave your short-haired dogs outside for long periods of time in very cold weather. It is best to walk in the morning or afternoon when the sun is out or the temperature is slightly higher. Avoid very early and evening walks. Don’t forget to bring a toy such as a ball or Frisbee to keep him warm and keep him moving.

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3-Do Not Stay Out Too Long

Pets love spending time outdoors, but even the furriest of us can catch a serious cold. Ears, feet and tail are particularly prone to frostbite. Keep an eye on your dog when you go for a walk. Because our game-loving friends sometimes cannot realize that they are cold, so you need to be very careful.

4- Comfortable Bed

Even if your dog is used to sleeping in your garden, don’t allow it on cold winter evenings. Likewise, whether small or large, our furry friends should never sleep on cold floors. Add joy to your furry friend with one of my specially designed EMRE NEWYORK dog bags, which have a comfortable home atmosphere placed right near a bed or heater. Keep your dog’s bed away from drafts, cold tiles and floors.

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5-Beware of Heaters!

In cold winter weather, dogs are often placed in direct heat sources such as fireplaces, stoves, electric heaters, etc. This is really, really dangerous. (In the past years, a friend of mine had 3 cats on a glass balcony, the heater tipped over and by the time the household became aware of the situation, the 3 kittens were burnt to a crisp).

Never leave your dog alone for long periods of time in fireplaces, stoves and other places with heaters. Put his bed, toys and food as far away as possible.

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6-Skin Problems

When we talk about dog care in winter, we should not forget skin problems. Dry and cold weather can negatively affect your pet’s skin. You can prevent skin problems by adding anti-drying supplements to your diet. I recommend coconut oil. It wonderfully keeps both the skin and the coat healthy. When you feel that their paws, ears or tail are dry, you can apply this oil with tiny massages. There is no harm to your health.

7-Do Not Overfeed

Dogs need an extra layer in winter, but it’s not a layer of fat, it’s a fur coat – healthy fur. Cold temperatures can even lead to lazy behavior and lower calorie requirements. So pay attention to your furry friend’s activity level and adjust their meals accordingly. A diet based on quality foods, preferably raw meat, contributes to a healthy coat and good energy during the cold winter months.

8-Do Not Neglect Water

Dogs can become dehydrated in both winter and summer. Many dogs eat snow, but this is no substitute for fresh water, so keep a water bowl within reach, always filled with fresh water.

9-Take Care of Their Feathers

Your dog needs a clean and well-groomed coat. In winter, you need to take extra care of their fur. Dry your dog thoroughly after bathing, especially before taking him outside.

10-Paw Care Is A Must

Just as our feet tend to crack in winter, dogs’ paws can crack just like ours. If your dog has hairy paws, trim the hair that grows between her pads to prevent ice buildup between the pads or you can use dog booties to protect the paws.

Bonus: How to Protect Your Senior Dog in Winter?

If your furry friend is no longer in the prime of life, his arthritis, if he has any, will worsen with the winter months. In this case, it is very important to maintain a regular exercise program, but be very careful with slippery surfaces. After exercise, have a warm, soft rest area ready. Use natural supplements in his diet to help his joints. Severe cold, numbing humidity or biting wind can make your canine companion very uncomfortable because dogs are more susceptible to many diseases during the winter months.

If you have anything to add about dog care in winter (and I’m sure you do), it would be great if you could leave it in the comments.

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P.S. In the meantime, please don’t forget our strays. Especially cats try to protect themselves from the cold by crawling into the hoods of cars in cold weather. Please wake them up and remove them by tapping on the hood before starting your car. And don’t forget to give food support to the STREET ANIMALS.

May we have a pleasant, happy winter with our cute little friends

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