It’s time to say goodbye to colorful fall and say hello to cold winter. You’re probably planning on wearing a heavy coat, lighting the fireplace, and drinking lots of hot chocolate. But what about your dog? Special attention and care must be given to him so he can have a wonderful and warm winter too.
My, It’s Cold Outside!
It’s very cold outside, and, if you own an outdoor dog, this can be a big problem. A doghouse is warm, but not enough to keep your dog from freezing. Consider buying an outdoor heater to put in the doghouse, or bring your dog inside.
No Ice, Please
With the cold weather, it’s easy for your dog’s water to turn into a block of ice. Your dog cannot drink ice, and without water he will die of thirst. However, you can fix the “icy” problem by buying a special heated dog dish that will keep your dog’s water from freezing outside. Remember, your dog cannot drink ice.
No Hair Cuts!
With the cold weather here, don’t have your dog’s hair cut. It is meant to keep him nice and warm, like a big coat. I grow out my hair for the winter, and I look like a big teddy bear. My humans have to spend a lot of time brushing my long, curly hair to keep it from matting.
Let it Snow!
- Buy some little booties for your dog’s feet. Some dogs’ paws bleed from the cold snow.
- After your dog runs in the snow, thoroughly dry him with a towel. This will keep him warm.
- Never let your dog out of your sight when he is out of a fenced yard. If he wanders off, even for a little way, he could easily become lost. The snow ruins finding a scent for dogs, so they cannot smell their way home.
- If your dog gets cold, buy him a little sweater to keep him warm.
A dog curled up beside a roaring fire – it’s picture perfect, isn’t it? However, it is very dangerous. Among many other dangers, your dog could become curious of the pretty, colorful flames and try to touch it or a spark could fly from the fire and set his beautiful coat on fire. Continue to enjoy your fire, but put a little fence around it to keep your precious pets out.
Take special care of your dog and enjoy winter!