As the weather gets colder, your dog’s needs also change with the seasons. Dogs are vulnerable to cold, dry weather just like humans, so they need to be taken care of properly. Here are eight ways to keep your dog healthy and happy during colder weather:
Pet proof your house.
Pet-proofing your house also means finding proper storage for their irresistible dog food to keep them from reaching it. Most of dog foods come in plastic packaging that may not be enough to keep your pup’s curious little nose away, along with other hungry insects.
In the winter months, your dog will likely be spending more time inside, which is why it’s doubly important to ensure that there are no hazards that could be dangerous to them. Move chemicals, medications, and other hazardous substances out of your dog’s reach.
Do the same for human foods that can be dangerous for them, such as onions and chocolate. Examine your furnace and space heaters to ensure that they are working properly, and keep your dog from getting too close to them. Also, test your carbon monoxide detectors to confirm that they are working properly.
Feed Them Enough — But Not Too Much.
Some dog owners feed their dogs extra food in the winter, thinking that extra pounds will keep them warm. However, the health drawbacks of the extra weight outweigh the benefits of the extra insulation, so it’s better to keep your dog in a healthy weight range year round.
That being said, outdoor dogs usually do need a food increase to stay warm in cold weather. Talk to your vet about their caloric needs. Supplements such as collagen chews for dogs can also support coat and joint health. Check that your dog always has access to clean water and that it hasn’t frozen over so they can stay hydrated.
Minimize Your Time Outside.
If it’s too cold for you to be outside comfortably, then it’s too cold for your dog to be outside as well. You should limit your time outside during cold spells, and bring your dog inside promptly after your bathroom stop or short walk.
If you rely on outdoor activities to tire out your dog, you might need to find some indoor substitutes if you live somewhere that gets pretty cold.
If you must leave your pet outside for a period of time, make sure that your dog … Read the rest