Keep Your Dog Warm And Safe In Cold Weather
The British Veterinary Association has urged pet owners to take extra care throughout the winter, particularly with the potentially fatal temperatures due to hit the UK this winter. Temperatures below 10℃ are deemed too cold for dogs, according to the RSPCA, so dogs should be brought indoors into the warmth. Dog booties and clothes can help to keep dogs warm on winter walks and pets should still be treated against pests all year round to stay happy and healthy.
Winter pests for dogs
Many people believe that fleas and ticks aren’t a problem for pets in the winter and so don’t need treating against them, which would be true if they lived in a natural setting. However, most dogs live indoors with their families, particularly in the winter, where central heating is commonly used. This creates a perfect breeding and living environment for fleas, ticks and other pests that can be harmful to your dog. Some dogs can be allergic to fleas, making their skin inflamed and irritated, and ticks can pass on infections that they’re carrying which can make dogs ill. This makes it essential to continue to use preventative measures on your dogs against pests all year round.
Are dogs clothes a gimmick?
When dog jumpers and other clothing were brought out they were associated with small breeds that owners treated like a child, rather than a dog. While there are still a lot of gimmick dog clothes, such as dresses and holiday-themed outfits, they do serve an important purpose in the winter, and not just for making your dog look adorable. During winter walks or on cold days it’s a good idea to put a doggy jumper on your pooch to keep him warm. Waterproof coats are also good for keeping dogs dry and warm if there’s a chance of rain or snow. You can even buy hats, scarves and socks for your dogs to keep them extra warm and cosy, providing they let you put them on them.
These boots were made for walking
Dog booties may look a little funny, but they can really protect your pooch’s paws in the winter. Cold weather can make pads crack and become sore, but booties can help to keep them warm and away from ice and moisture that could exacerbate the problem. Balms and special dog moisturisers can also be used to protect and repair pads. Booties will also protect dog’s paws from chemicals on the ground, such as antifreeze products and salt, that can irritate their pads and skin. Not all dogs will let you put booties on them as some don’t like their paws being touched. Gradually get your dog used to having their paws touched by playing with them and teaching the ‘paw’ command that gets rewarded with a treat. You can then work this up to them wearing booties.