Do dogs freeze in winter?
If you have a dog, the concept of “bad weather” simply does not exist. Frost, blizzard, snow and rain – it doesn’t matter, nobody canceled daily walks! But don’t dogs freeze in winter? Let’s talk about this in our article.
How well the dog tolerates cold depends on its pedigree features. A thick six with developed undercoat is able to give odds to the best down jackets! Northern dogs (husky, malamutes, samoyeds) feel just fine in winter: they can even sleep in the snow! But for decorative shorthair rocks, frost is a real test. The crumbs freeze even in a cool apartment, not to mention walking in the midst of February. How to walk them?
Here are some tips to help adapt your walks to the cold season and prevent your pet (and you) from freezing!
If the dog is sensitive to cold, get special clothing for her. It should be made of quality, safe materials and fit perfectly. For hairless and shorthair small breeds, such clothing is simply a must! You can also give overalls to a medium and large dog, although in this case they are more valued for protection from dirt. Thanks to the huge assortment of clothes in pet stores, you can not only warm your pet, but also create an unusual image for it! We give battle to gray everyday life!
Do dogs freeze in winter?
Relate the duration of the walk and the well-being of the dog. In summer, the owner can afford to “drive” the pet longer, but in winter such zeal is useless. If the dog trembles and draws its paws, you have two scenarios: lure it with an active game or rush into the house to warm up. Do not let the pet freeze!
Indoor dogs do not have to walk for a long time, but you still need to walk. Even if your pet is accustomed to the tray, walks in the fresh air are good for his health. How to walk dogs in winter? All human ingenuity will help you! You can hide the dog in a coat as soon as she starts to tremble, or walk her in a special stroller. By the way, did you know that there are strollers for dogs? And, of course, do not forget about the insulated clothing. Another important nuance: if the dog walks a little and moves, often play with her at home. Whoever says anything, but movement is life!
At certain times, walks to dogs may be contraindicated. For example, when quarantined after vaccination or illness, during rehabilitation, etc. Be careful and always follow the recommendations of a veterinarian.
Winter walks are equally active walks! If in the summer you could walk for hours leisurely with your pet, then in winter you can’t do without sports! If you move a little, you will freeze yourself and freeze the dog. Come up with active outdoor activities, play aporting, frisbee, tug of war, catch-up, go through obstacles. Each dog has its own level of need for loads, and it must be taken into account. For example, a French bulldog will have a rather energetic walk, but try to keep Russell on a short leash! He will definitely figure out how to avenge this. Many dogs would be happy to share sports with their host, such as running or skiing. Perhaps here he is, your best partner?
Are dogs cold in winter?
Do dogs’ paws freeze in winter? For those sensitive to cold, yes. Together with clothes for them you can buy special shoes. It is very functional: it warms and protects against damage and protects from dirt. Just imagine, you don’t have to wash the paws after each walk!
If cracking occurs on the feet, apply a special protective wax to the pads. A good product moisturizes, prevents damage, and also protects against slipping and reagents.
Do not take the dog for a walk immediately after bathing until its coat is completely dry. This is a direct way to a cold!
What do your winter walks look like? Tell me!