While we typically prepare for the winter months by buying a new wardrobe and taking extra precautions on our health, it’s important to anticipate our dog’s needs during the cold, as well. Just as the weather can affect our own mood and health, it also affects our pets. There are certain things you should keep in mind to keep your dogs safe and warm during the cold months.
Understand your Dog’s Health
First and foremost, be aware of your dog’s tolerance to the cold. Pet tolerance not only varies from animal to animal, but it also varies from breed to breed. It’s important to be aware of your dog’s overall health and to do research on their coat type. Usually canines that have a fuller coat and longer hair are more cold-tolerant because they receive more protection from the cold than dogs that have shorter, thinner hair. If your dog is older or has health problems like arthritis or diabetes, they may also have a harder time adjusting to the cold. Having a thorough knowledge of your pet’s health and cold tolerance can allow you to set better boundaries and know when to keep an eye on your furry friend during the chilly months.
Time your Walks
Certain times of the day are chillier than others - usually during the early morning and in the evening. Avoid walking your dog during these times, especially if they’re easily prone to be cold. If you find yourself unavailable to schedule around these times, consider buying a sweater that keeps your dog warm and comfortable during the walk. Also keep in mind that Daylight Savings does cause the day to become dark faster during the cold months. Make sure you and your dog are wearing some type of reflective gear to stay safe and in sight.
Wipe Down their Paws
While you should already inspect your dog’s paws after a walk, you should pay more attention to them during chillier days. We Texans typically don’t have to worry about chemicals that are commonly used for the cold (salt, anti-freeze) getting stuck in our dog’s paws. However, dogs can be prone to injuries like cracked paws and bleeding from the friction of the cold asphalt. It’s always a good idea to not only examine their paws but also to wipe them down, as well. We suggest using a mild baby wipe to do so.
Keep in mind that we also offer different levels of grooming and if you pup got a little dirty but doesn’t need a full groom, come in for our ‘bath only’ service. Your dog gets all of the following: Bath, moderate amount of brushing, nails trimmed & filed smooth, ears cleaned. Paw pads and sanitary area trimmed upon request.