Cold weather could pose serious threats to your pets’ health. Exposed to winter’s dry, cold air, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws, flaking skin, and itchy. Winter walks can also become dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. So make sure you are prepared to protect him when he ventures out into the elements.
Here are some tips to keep your pup safe during the winter.
Bath as little as possible
Bathing your dog too often could remove essential oils in its skin and increase the chance of gaining dry and flaky skin. If your pup must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo and rinse.
Make sure you check your pup’s paws frequently for signs of damage or injury, such as bleeding or cracked paw pads. Winter salt on city sidewalks can also burn your dog’s pads and is toxic. So check your pup’s paws for debris and wipe them down with a wet cloth after every walk. If your dog show signs of discomfort when walking outside on frozen surface, consider using dog booties to protect his paws.
Never leave your dog unattended in the car
We all know that leaving your dog in a hot car during the summer is dangerous, but do you know that freezing cold temperatures are equally dangerous for your god in the winter? A car can act as a fridge as the temperature drop at an alarming rate. Even leaving the car running will add additional risk such ass carbon monoxide poisoning. So always remember to leave your dog home when toy go out to run errands.
Many dog owners have the common misconception that their dogs can tolerate the cold better than humans because of their fur, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Like us, these fur-coated creatures are used to the warmth of indoor shelter and cold weather can be as hard on them as it is on us humans. Exposed ears, noses, and paws can freeze and suffer permanent damage. Get your pup some cute and warm sweaters of coats so they can stay warm and also stay stylish in the winter. Check out ZOOPAR’s winter collection for some ideas of dressing up your pup.