6 Essential Ways To Keep Your Dog Safe In The Winter (INFOGRAPHIC)

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:

  • Nutrition
  • Identification
  • Grooming
  • Hydration
  • Protection
  • 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!

Click on infographic to enlarge

6 Ways to Keep your Dog Safe this Winter
Source: The Dogington Post

Photo credit: Eva holderegger walser/Wikimedia commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

 

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7 thoughts on “6 Essential Ways To Keep Your Dog Safe In The Winter (INFOGRAPHIC)

  1. Great info Nataly!

    My Titan wears a coat when it’s cold out. I even tried to get him to wear booties but he wasn’t having it. I also limit his time outside too in extreme cold. Actually he’s never really outside for long periods anyway. I don’t like him out of my site!

    Gladly passing this along and hope people heed the warnings and keep their pets indoors!

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    1. Thanks Bren! My little Myrka doesn’t really like to go outside when it’s too cold out. She is like her mama, lol! But I thought this could be useful to keep dogs who do go outside during winter safe. I hope this infographic will help people who don’t know how the cold temperatures can harm their furbabies. Dogs are too precious not to take care of them properly.

      I am very happy you liked it and thanks for sharing this! Have a great weekend, gf! 🙂

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  2. Love this infographic Nataly! It has some great tips for dog owners.

    I’ve had my furbabies since they were born and they have never lived outside. I personally think they have gotten used to living like a human because they cannot stand the heat and the cold LOL.

    They go outside to do their business run around for about five minutes bark to show the block they own it and run back inside LOL.

    Going to share this! Hope you’re having a great day and yippee TGIF!

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    1. Hi Cori, I am really glad you liked it! Like I just told Bren, my Myrka can’t stand the cold at all. The heat too, for that matter! She is used to stay inside with me. Even though I don’t really need the tips, I thought it could be useful information for others. Some dogs love to go play outside in the cold so they should be safe while doing it!

      Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend, hun! 🙂

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  3. Thanks for sharing this info. Our dogs are all “indoor” dogs, but we normally go for daily walks. Lately it’s been too cold though and they just go out briefly to do their business in the backyard. Many of the smaller dogs I take care of have coats and even a couple of the big ones. Years ago, our two little ones (~20 lbs. ea.) had bright, knitted turtlenecks. 🙂 Good tip about the coats getting wet!

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    1. Hi Debbie and welcome!

      My little Pomeranian girl has her spot indoors where she can do her business so she doesn’t have to go out when it’s too cold like it’s been lately. I wanted to share this infographic to remind dog owners to keep their dogs safe when they go outside in the cold weather.

      Glad you liked it and come back anytime! Have a great Wednesday, Debbie! 🙂

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  4. Hi Nataly,

    Great tips. Would you believe I have 4 dogs. Little cockapoos but man are they a handfull. And winter is rough on us. When we just had that 27 ” snow storm a week or so back, I couldn’t even find them in the snow. You’d see them jump up and then down in the snow. We had to shovel an area for them to potty. They couldn’t stand much time outside either. It was very cold. You gave great tips on how to protect our little ones. Great job and thank you.

    Barbara

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