Most dogs hold up remarkably well in cold weather. And, generally speaking, they enjoy playing in the snow as much as their human owners.
But winter weather also brings its own safety and health concerns for dogs.
Canine owners should always practice the following precautions, recommended by the American Kennel Club and ASPCA, to keep their beloved pets comfortable and safe during the winter months.
• A dog can get dehydrated just as easily in the winter. Snow does not serve a suitable substitute for water however.
Always provide your pet with fresh water.
• A dog can really burn up the calories outdoors. And, during the winter, it takes more energy to regulate a dog’s body temperature. Feed your dog additional calories to help it meet its winter dietary needs.
• Always rinse and dry your dog’s feet after a winter outing. This will help avoid tiny cuts and cracks on the dog’s paw pads.
• Never leave a dog outside in the cold for long periods of time. Dogs are susceptible to frostbite on their ears, tails and feet.
• Snow can dull your dog’s sense of smell, and cause it to easily become lost.