Here is some useful tips on getting your dog ready for the winter!
Shorten playtime: avoid leaving your dogs outside for long periods of time because they too can get frostbite especially on their paws, ears, nose and tail. Remember to also never leave them alone in the garden particularly if they are used to being indoors. Don’t be deceived by the sunny winters either as the chill of the wind makes the temperature colder than it actually is.
Watch out for antifreeze: while this is essential to keep our cars running in winter, antifreeze is highly toxic to dogs. It’s most likely to form puddles on sidewalks or driveways. Dogs can walk straight into it and lick their paws afterwards, or go in closer for a sniff and a taste. So be on the lookout for such liquids and make sure you wash off your dog’s paws once your home.
Never leave your dog in the car: if your car engine is on the carbon monoxide emissions will endanger your dog’s life. It’s a bad idea to leave dogs in cars even if the engines are left off because temperatures can drop instantly and your dog will have no protection from the cold.
Winter-proof your home: even when the heating is on, the cold can still find a way to enter your home. Cold winds sneak in through doors and tiled floors can become terribly cold, so make sure to keep your pooch away from areas where drafts may come in and place warm pads or blankets on tiled floors. If you have an indoor or outdoor fireplace or a portable heater make sure you keep them safe guarded at all times to protect your pooch from getting burned.
How do you and your dog prepare for winter? Please share your tips with us in the comments section underneath.
Read part 1 HERE!