9. Provide Outside Shelter
If it is not snowing outside and you want your dog to stay outside, you need to provide a good and durable outdoor shelter.
Getting wet or sitting in the cold wind will make your dog prone to colds and other illnesses.
When the fur is kept dry, it traps a warm layer of air and helps protect your dog from getting sick.
So, it is important to provide your dog with a doghouse or other shelter. This is important even during moderate temperatures. This will help your dog get used to sleeping in the doghouse and learn to take shelter whenever there is sudden wind, rain or snow.
When making an outdoor shelter, keep the size in mind. It should be only slightly larger than the size of your dog’s body. Also, install a light bulb overhead to help keep the inside even warmer.
10. Don’t Ignore Routine Health Care
Being cold puts extra stress on your dog’s health. This can affect his immunity and make him more susceptible to getting sick.
So, during this time, you must not ignore your pet’s regular health checkup. Remember to keep up to date with vaccinations, too.
For older dogs, the aches and pains of arthritis or old injuries can be exacerbated by cold and inactivity. Medications or supplements can be important in helping prevent discomfort or pain. Consult your vet about appropriate medicines or supplements.
- Dogs stay warm by burning fuel, which means the food they eat. During the winter months, dogs need more calories to generate increased body warmth, too.
- To prevent dogs from developing dry skin, dull coat, and static-filled fur during the winter due to artificial heat from furnaces, give your dog fatty acid supplements. It will help counteract the drying effects of winter. Consult your vet regarding an appropriate dosage for your dog.
- Always clear away the snow in your yard or walkways, and pile it away from fences to prevent your dog from climbing over them.
- Cold weather can aggravate existing medical conditions in older dogs, particularly arthritis. Be prepared to take extra care of older pets.
- When taking your dog for a walk in piles of autumnal leaves or snow, be careful of hidden dangers.
- Don’t encourage your dog to jump on or run after a toy near any water that has iced over. Falling through the ice into the very cold water can cause hypothermia.
- As the visibility is poor in snowy or foggy weather, opt for an LED collar to help you keep an eye on your pet.
- No matter what, never leave your pet alone in the car.
- Keep anti-freeze equipment and chemical deicing products safely out of your pet’s reach.
- Some dogs, especially small or elderly, have difficulty wading through thick snow to go outside. If needed, create an indoor dog bathroom.