Winter Dog Safety
Right before 2020 comes our way Toronto has already been hit with two storms, which is a big signal for starting winter preparedness for you and your dog. Temperatures will continue dropping and the snow will slowly build. So what can you do for your dog to help during this cold season?
Read on for tips and tricks to be safe in the winter!
Cold tolerance varies from pet to pet. The fail-safe mentality is the shorter the dog’s coat, the more they need your help to keep warm.
Sweaters and coats are the best way to help keep your dog warm when the temperatures start going down. Sweaters can be used indoors mainly because they aren’t water resistant. When looking for a coat you need that water resistance to help repel moisture from the snow. Research can help you find the best coat for your dog, but here’s a suggestion from thedogoutdoors.com
Rating for warmth – 9.5/10
Rating for coverage – 9/10
Rating for water resistance – 9.5/10
Walking In Winter
Always take into consideration the temperature to figure out how long you can be outside.
Your dog may need a shorter walk and have more indoor play time. Your dog maybe maybe has a medical condition, like arthritis, which worsens with cold weather. Always monitor your dog and look for their “let’s go inside!” signal.
Dogs are susceptible to getting frostbite and/or hypothermia. You can’t assume that because your dog has a thick long coat they can handle extended periods of time outside.
Dogs need protection while out in the winter not just because of the cold but because of road salt. Road salt has chemicals in it which can be quite painful for your dog.
There are several different types of products out there to help (salves, boots, etc), so here are our suggestions!
After Walk Tips
When outdoor playtime is over during the winter season it’s best to treat it like it was raining outside. Having a towel by the door will help dry off your dog but get them warm.
If your dog has longer fur in between their toes pay attention to little snowballs that can build up. They attach pretty firmly to their fur so if you try and pull them out you can end up hurting your dog. The best way to get rid of these is to let them melt in your hands or the towel.