If you haven't noticed by now, we're a little, uhm, obsessed with dogs... Look, if we could adopt all of the dogs in the world that need a home, we would! That's why we bring to you these care tips for your dog during the winter! Just like you, your dog will need a little more attention to its health and well being during this chilly season. Keep reading to learn how to keep your best friend safe while you both are braving the elements this winter.
1.) Let's talk temperature!
Some dogs were bred for this season (literally)! You've seen Husky's and Newfoundlands that were meant to work under extreme cold temperatures. These are dogs that are a little more adaptable to the cold elements. But, there are also some breeds that are little less enthused with the cold and would much rather prefer to be cozied up on the couch right next to you on a snowy day. Make sure that you are prepared with whatever your dog might need for walks in the cold, harsh elements. Even if it's a quick walk! Things like booties to keep salt out of their paws or sweaters and coats for breeds that need it.
2.) Take advantage of the sunshine!
During the shortest days of the year, you'll want to take advantage of the sunshine. That means, switching up YOUR routine to help THEIRS. Try getting up an hour earlier everyday to take your four-legged friend for a lengthy walk while the sun is shining. This will ensure that they are getting enough sunlight all while getting in some exercise for the both of you!
3.) Limit outdoor time in the winter.
While exercise is important and some breeds thrive in the snow, it's important to know their limits and when it's too cold outside. Ears, paws, and tails are all susceptible to frostbite. A good rule of thumb is to go out with them and when you're ready to go in, they probably are as well.
Yeah, you heard us right! A good winter skincare routine isn't just for you! Your dogs skin is likely to be affected by the cold and dry air this season too. Coconut oil is a good natural moisturizer that can keep your pets skin and coat looking healthy during the winter.
5.) Keep your dog hydrated.
Believe it or not, your dog can get dehydrated just as easily during the winter as they can in the summer. Although dogs may enjoy eating snow, this is not an adequate substitute for water. Make sure they are getting enough water throughout the day and keep that water bowl full!
6.) Paw care is a must.
Just like your skin, your dogs paws are going to need a little help over the next few months! Cracked pads and excess fur can be a real problem for some dogs during the winter. You'll want to invest in a good paw balm and use it on your friends when need be to ensure their paws are looking and feeling healthy. If there is any excess fur between the pads, you'll want to trim this so that things like snow and other debris don't get lodged in between their pads. If you don't feel comfortable doing this, groomers can do this for a relatively inexpensive fee.