There is usually drop in temperatures and shorter days as the cold weather fronts draw in. Because of that fact, you should prepare your dog before winter sets in. They need the same love and affection as that you would give those that are dear and near to you. You should put into consideration the difference between indoors and outdoors temperatures though you don’t have to completely overboard, because they can affect your dog. Reviewing your dog’s food is necessary and also making sure that they are in good health and make the changes that may be needed, thus keeping the dog happy all through winter.
You should be aware how your dog may cope and adopt with lower temperatures, which you may know through research. German Shepherds and Huskies are some of the breeds that will develop a thick coat which helps in coping with very cold weather conditions, but those that have originated from a warm climate area will feel the cold. In case your dog lives in the yard, it is necessary to ensure that its house is well insulated in readiness for the oncoming cold season. You should check on the beddings belonging to the dog, if it lives indoors, make sure that they are comfortable and warm to avoid it getting cold from the floor tiles. The time your pet spends outdoors should be limited and make sure also to dry them off thoroughly before they enter the house.
There is a high risk of infection and illness for dogs that play in the snow, just as it is the case for humans, thus you should be extra careful of it. Antifreeze, though it tastes incredible to dogs, care should be taken when using it because it is quite toxic and for that matter it should be stored away from your pet’s reach.
During the cold weather, ensure that your dog’s diet is observed, the dog should remain lean and in good health. Make sure you feed your dog with a meal that is raw and nutrient filled to give it energy to enjoy and explore with you. The water your dog is taking should be enough, to ensure that it stays well hydrated. So as to prevent your dog’s sensitive tongue from being injured, you should change its metal bowl to a plastic one.
You should keep your pet well groomed, regardless of the cold outside. After spending time outside, brushing and grooming your dog should be necessary.