Now that we have definitely entered the coldest period of the year, we have to think about our beloved furry family members and protect them from these extreme temperatures. Just like us, dogs’ health can be at risk when they are outdoors for too long in the bitter cold. Therefore, it’s up to us to take the necessary measures, so our furbabies stay healthy and happy.
There are precautions that you can take
Keeping your dog inside where it’s warm is obviously the first thing to do when it’s too cold to go out. As the director of Pet Care Issues for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) KC Theisen said: “If you wouldn’t stay out in that weather, your pet shouldn’t either.”
But there are other precautions that you can take. Even if you are the most cautious parents and want to keep your lovely pup inside, going outside can become inevitable, especially when he has to go potty. Beforehand, you have to consider several facts to ensure that your dog is safe. Just like humans, dogs can be vulnerable to hypothermia and frostbites.
That’s why The Dogington Post thought that it could be a good idea to put together this useful infographic including 6 ways to keep your precious pooch as safe as possible during winter time. They divided the infographic into the following categories:
- Safety indoors
Not all dog breeds are made equal
Some dog breeds, like Huskies and Malamutes, are better suited for cold weather because of their thicker fur coats, but other breeds like Chihuahuas, Chinese Crested dog or Miniature Pinschers, are more sensitive to the freezing cold.
Short-haired breeds should wear a jacket or a sweater to protect them from extreme temperatures. But it’s important to keep an eye out so their coats don’t get too wet because this could do more harm than good. Furthermore, exposed skin like on noses, ears and paw pads can freeze very rapidly and ultimately suffer permanent damage.
Learn more about those precautions
This frigid weather is not to be taken lightly, especially when it comes to the safety of your pet. Your four-legged child depends on you to keep him safe at all times, and you should do your very best to make sure he is well taken care of. The best way to do that is to follow the 6 tips in the infographic below. Your dog will love you for it!
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|Source: The Dogington Post|