Winter Care Tips for your dogs

Introduction

Winter is a time of year when snow, ice and bitter cold can be downright unpleasant to deal with. It’s also a time when many dogs are left outside, especially if you live in an urban area. Luckily, there are some ways you can try to make your dog’s winter experience as comfortable as possible:

Keep your dog in good shape

While dogs are susceptible to hypothermia, frostbite and other cold-related ailments, it is important to keep them in good shape during the winter months. Here are some tips on how you can do that:

  • Keep your dog’s coat clean and dry. A dirty coat will trap water against their skin which can cause skin irritation or even infection if not cleaned regularly enough. If possible, avoid bathing your dog unless absolutely necessary because this increases the risk of bacterial infections due to compromised immune systems caused by bathing or exposure (such as swimming). Instead, use dry shampoo or brushing techniques that allow for deep cleaning without being too harsh on his coat texture (or lack thereof).
  • Trim nails regularly so they don’t break off from constant wear when walking on hard surfaces such as pavement at night time; also trimming them helps prevent ingrown nails which may lead into infection later down the road if left untreated long enough.”

Keep your dog away from antifreeze

Antifreeze is a dangerous substance to dogs. It can cause kidney failure and liver damage, which can be fatal. It’s also associated with neurological problems, gastrointestinal problems and anemia—all of which could lead to death if your dog ingests enough of it.

If you have any antifreeze around your home (or anywhere else), make sure that you keep it away from your pets!

Be careful when you use salt or other chemicals on icy surfaces

It’s important to be careful when using salt or other chemicals on icy surfaces.

  • Salt is a great product, but it can leave behind a residue that will attract dirt and dust. If you use too much, it can also cause damage to your lawn or plants.
  • Don’t use salt on concrete or stone walkways as this could lead to cracking over time and make them slippery for pets who might slip out of their paws as they walk around their home!

Watch for signs of hypothermia, frostbite and other cold-related ailments

If your dog shows any of the following signs, it’s a good idea to take them in for treatment immediately:

  • Shivering
  • Lethargy (sluggishness)
  • Slow heart rate

If you suspect your dog has hypothermia or frostbite, get them into the car and drive to where it is warm. If possible, bring along some blankets so that they can wrap themselves up in something until they feel better.

moisten your dog’s paws

  • Moisture is key. Your dog’s paws will dry out quickly if they are not properly hydrated, so keep this in mind when you are walking outside during cold weather.
  • Get a damp cloth and wipe the paws clean after each walk. You can also use warm water instead of cold or lukewarm if your dog prefers that method over wiping off dirt from their feet with a towel or rag (which can lead to cuts).
  • If possible, make sure that your dog has access to water at all times; even if you live inside where it’s warm and dry, make sure there is an outdoor faucet nearby so that he always has access to fresh drinking water no matter what happens outside!

Limit their time outside

The first step to keeping your dogs safe during winter is limiting their time outside. While it may seem like a good idea for them to get some exercise in, you should avoid allowing them to play in the snow or drink from puddles. This can lead to an increase in likelihood of hypothermia, frostbite, and even death if left untreated long enough.

Limit your dog’s access to water sources as well—especially if they live near streams or ponds where these bodies of water freeze over during cold weather (which happens much faster than you think). Also keep in mind that frozen soil can be slippery underfoot so don’t let your pup go anywhere near it unless absolutely necessary!

take into account obtaining your dog a sweater

  • Make sure the sweater is snug, but not too tight.
  • Make sure you can get your dog’s head through the neck hole. A snug fit will allow for this, as long as it doesn’t interfere with their vision or breathing. If a small loop of fabric on top prevents them from seeing their surroundings at all times (and therefore making them more likely to get lost), consider getting something else instead!
  • Choose materials that are both durable and warm enough for winter conditions—the last thing anyone wants is their pup freezing while they’re trying to find him/her in an unfamiliar place!

Conclusion

We hope this article has helped you to make informed decisions about the winter weather and your pet. We wish you luck when it comes time to take our advice!