How to protect your dog from the cold?

How to protect your dog from the cold

Overall, dogs are better equipped to face the cold than their owners. But to improve their well-being in winter, there are a few tips. Especially for the most sensitive dogs.

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Did you know that dogs can start to feel bothered by the cold as soon as the temperature drops below 5 ° C? Some begin to shiver, others freeze or refuse to leave the comfort of their home. However, there are fairly simple solutions to implement to protect your dog cold and prevent him from depriving himself of a walk.

First of all, note that not all dogs suffer from the cold equally. The younger and older are naturally more sensitive to cold. Just like sick dogs. Or the dogs living year round on a plush sofa next to the heater. And it is also a question of race. Crosses are generally more rustic. Dogs filiform and / or with short and fine hair such as certain greyhounds or chihuahuas, or even hairless dogs, for their part, fear the cold. Some breeds born in climates harsh, on the other hand, very well withstand our winter temperatures. This is the example of the Husky.

To protect your dog from the cold, attentions begin at home

At home, avoid bathing your dog. These indeed cleanse its fur of its protective sebum. Also postpone visits to the groomer to give his hairs the opportunity to play their role fully.

Remember to always feed your dog’s bowl with water. Because our heating systems tend to make theair drier interior. So beware of dehydration.

And above all, put your de-icing products and other antifreeze away. They are indeed just as appetizing as they are toxic!

Fur on the front line

Remember that its fur is all that the dog naturally has at its disposal to protect itself from the cold. So as winter approaches, it will generally thicken. Some species even have an undercoat which acts as an effective insulating layer between their skin and the ambient air.

Depending on your dog’s situation, therefore, it will be necessary to adapt the measures to be taken to help him endure the winter temperatures. If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, consider feeding him foods that are higher in protein and in fat by slightly increasing its ration. And offer him shelter so that he can protect himself from the wind and snow. For other dogs, do not hesitate to reduce the durations of your outings. And even if you find it a bit ridiculous, to equip your companion with winter clothes. The coats have in this case not only an aesthetic value.

The legs, sensitive areas

There are even dog slippers. Although it may take a while for your dog to adjust to them, they do have real uses. Because its pads are particularly sensitive to cold. Even more when it is snowing or there is ice on the ground. Your dog then risks chapping and frostbite painful. The salt thrown on the sidewalks to clear them of snow does not help. But if you are not boots, you will find at your veterinarian, balms protectors and moisturizers or even tanning solutions to apply to your dog’s pads to strengthen them.

When returning from a walk, don’t forget to wipe and dry the paws – especially between the pads – of your dog. If necessary, pass them first under a stream of lukewarm water. And don’t hesitate to also dry the rest of his body if it seems wet to you. This will bring him comfort.

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