Thanks to nature gifting them with protective fur coats -- occasionally really long fur coats -- most dogs are well-adapted to cold environments. As a pet owner, this fact may lead you to be more concerned with keeping your dog cool in the summer than warm in the winter -- which is a mistake. When it's cold, your dog can get hypothermia just as you can. So use the tips below to keep your lovable pooch warm when it's chilly out.
1. Keep Your Dog Toasty With A Sweater
If, like many dog owners, you've spent copious amounts of time watching funny dog videos on YouTube, chances are you've seen dogs dressed in hilarious outfits, including sunglasses, hats, and a whole assortment of accessories and beautifying devices. But, believe it or not, some doggie clothes -- such as sweaters -- are practical and can keep your dog from getting sick when it's cold out.
Long-haired breeds may not need to wear sweaters when going for a walk in the cold, but short-haired breeds (and older dogs) often benefit from wearing sweaters.
When going for walks, check for signs -- such as shivering and slowed breathing -- that indicate your dog is too cold. If you notice these signs, consider getting your doggie a nice, warm sweater.
2. Keep Your Dog Out Of The Car
Like most concerned pet owners, you probably keep your dog out of your car when it's hot outside, knowing that the car will act as a heater. Similarly, you want to keep your pet out of the car in the winter, knowing that your car will act as a freezer.
Even short trips to your nearby convenience store can send your dog's temperature dropping when it's cold out. So leave your dog at home when it's cold, and you'll be greeted by a warm, happy doggie when you get back.
3. Keep Your Dog Well-Fed And Hydrated
Your dog burns a lot of energy staying warm when it's cold out. Therefore, you'll want to keep your dog well-fed and hydrated when it's chilly. Your dog will stay warmer with a little extra body fat and a belly full of food.
Optimally, you'll want to talk to your veterinarian (like those at After Hours Veterinary Emergency Clinic Inc and similar offices) to determine the best diet for your dog when it's cold out. This will ensure that your dog doesn't gain too much weight over the winter months.
With chilly temperatures, hypothermia is a real concern for your doggie. So follow the above tips -- and remember to keep your pooch indoors as much as possible.