Staying Warm This Winter
Do you think your dog may be cold in winter but don't know how to tell for certain? There are some obvious signs that tell you if your pet is cold, so pay more attention when
it's cold to see if your dog needs more heat. Like you would for yourself, you should take extra care of your dog during winter since the low temperature may make them ill. We have some guidelines on how to tell if your dog is cold so you can give them the care they need.
1) Sleepiness: if you notice that your dog is more tired, sleeping a lot or is constantly sleepy it may be because they are cold.
2) Slow breathing: this is also another sign that your dog is cold. If you notice that their breathing is slow, they may be cold so cover them up and look after them. But take care. Not to smother them.
3) Cold Ears Or Body: feeling your dog's ears is a good way to tell his temperature. If the ears feel cold, particularly around the edges, it might be time to take him inside and cover him with a blanket. You can also touch their body. If it feels cold rather than warm, it is likely your dog is too cold.
4) Slow mobility: another way to know if your pet is cold is to check if their movements are increasingly slow, clumsy and their body seems stiff. When a dog is cold, their muscles will be stiff to try to combat the temperature.
5) Dry skin: if the area around their nose is dry or if their skin is dry it may be because their body is not handling the temperature very well.
Sometimes, especially in small dogs, hiccups can be a sign that they are feeling cold.
If you notice that certain parts of their body are numb it is important that you alleviate their pain by giving them a massage which warms them up and gets their blood circulating. If the area does not improve, take them immediately to a vet.
What can you do to protect your pet from the cold?
Make sure your home is warm and that the place where your dog normally sleeps has blankets and is close to a radiator. Avoid putting them in the garden or outside to sleep at all costs even if you have a small house. Remember they can also feel the cold..
It is also important to pay close attention to your dog's diet during cold weather. The more calories and nutrients they eat, the more energy they will have to naturally protect themselves against the cold.
In winter don't take them to your dog groomer. Let their long hair keep them warm and instead, take them to the groomer coming into spring or the warmer seasons.
Another way to make sure your dog is not too cold is to buy some clothing especially for them. It's more than just a fad, canine clothing is perfect to cover up our pet and take them out for a walk without them getting too cold.
Make sure that you don't take them out for a walk too early in the morning or too late at night because it is much colder during these times. It is best to take them out for a walk when it's sunny or in the early hours of the evening.
If it is raining a day, it's best to wait until the rain stops before going out for a walk. If it doesn't stop raining, take your dog out but when you get home, dry them with a towel to take off the rain off their coat.
This article is merely informative, We not have the authority to prescribe any veterinarian treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the vets if it has any type of condition or is in pain