Now that winter weather is taking hold, you need to start paying more attention to your dogs. They may be covered in fur, but that's not going to be enough to protect them when the temperatures dip below the freezing point. This is particularly true for short-haired breeds, or dogs that spend most of their time indoors. Not only that, but if you've recently moved from a warm climate, to a more frosty climate, your dogs might not be prepared for the extreme climate change. To keep your dogs warm and healthy this winter, here are three protective measures you should follow.
Get Their Gear Together
While you're out buying your winter gear, don't forget to stock up on supplies for your dogs too. They'll need the same winter gear you'll need, including boots, coats, and ear protection. The winter gear will keep your dogs warm all winter long. Be sure to suit your dogs up before they go outside to play, or just for a quick trip to do their business. The boots are especially important, especially if there's ice or snow on the ground. First, the boots will protect your dog's paws from frostbite. Second, the boots will protect them from harm caused by de-icing compounds. If the de-icing compound gets on your dog's paws, they could try to lick it off. Unfortunately, most de-icing compounds are hazardous for pets to consume. If they're wearing their boots, you can take the boots off and wash them as soon as you get home.
Take Care of Dry Skin
You know that winter weather can dry out your skin. However, you might not know that it can also dry out your dog's skin. Dry, flaky skin can be particularly uncomfortable for dogs. To protect your dog against winter skin damage, install a humidifier in your home. The humidifier will add moisture to the air and prevent your dogs skin from drying out. The added moisture will also protect your skin. In addition to the humidifier, you should also give your dogs an oatmeal bath about once a week.
Never Leave Them in the Car
If your dogs enjoy winter car rids, remember that they should never be left in the car alone. Summer heat can kill your dogs if they're left in the car, but so can winter cold. Even if you've had the heater on, your car is going to get cold very quickly, which can lead to exposure, frostbite, and even death for your dogs. If you're take your dogs for car rides this winter, be sure to bring them in with you.
Now that cold, winter weather is approaching, make sure your dogs are protected against the cold. Take your dogs in for a winter check up with their veterinarian to ensure they don't have any health issues that could be compromised during the cold weather. For more information, contact companies like Stewartstown Vet Services.