As the leaves fall and the temperatures drop, many of us start to prepare for the onslaught of the winter chill. We get out our winter clothes, scarves, gloves, and snow boots. Sometimes we start taking vitamins or medicine to boost our immune systems. And, just like we prepare ourselves for the winter, we should also prepare our furry friends for the colder days ahead.
So, how should you prepare your dog for the winter? Here are three things you can do to keep your dog in tip-top shape during the cold months!
1. Help Your Dog Stay Warm and Dry
Just like we become susceptible to more viruses during the cold and flu season, so do our dogs. While dogs have fur to help keep them warm during the winter, sometimes that’s not enough. Our furry friends can still get frostbite and hypothermia if exposed to frigid temperatures for too long.
To help prevent your dog from getting seriously sick, always make sure to towel dry them when they come back in from outside (pay close attention to their paws), get a dog pillow to keep your dog warm when they go to lay down on the floor, and make sure they aren’t left unattended near space heaters or fireplaces to help avoid burns.
Bonus, if you’ve got a furry companion that can’t get enough of the snow, consider getting them some doggy snow boots to help keep their paws warm! That way they can continue to play without causing pain or damage to their paws.
2. Keep a Close Eye on Your Dog’s Food and Water
If you have an outdoor dog, make sure to pay attention to their water dishes during the winter. Often times the water bowls freeze over which means that your furry friend can’t stay hydrated. Make sure to monitor and regularly replenish your dog’s water dish several times a day during the winter. You can also get a heated dog bowl to save you time.
As we come into the holiday season and families start to gather, there’s usually one or two family members who like to slip table scraps to the dogs. While we understand those cute puppy-dog eyes can be hard to resist, make sure your pooch isn’t getting overfed during the holidays, or eating something potentially poisonous to them. This holiday season, ask your family to ask you before giving your dog any holiday food.
3. Have a Game Plan for Arthritis and Joint Stiffness
With the cold tends to come stiffness in the bones and joints of our pets, especially if you have older dogs with arthritis. Consider trying some hemp oil for your beloved pooch. CBD oil has been proven to help with these kinds of aches and pains, and can help keep your canine moving and grooving.
So, as the cold weather sets in, make sure to keep your dog warm, well-fed and hydrated, and give them the right medicine to keep them happy and healthy. And, don’t forget to make a few dog angels in the snow with your favorite furry friend.