More Safety Tips for Dogs in the Winter

This post discusses more safety tips for dogs in the winter.  I have discussed some of these issues before.  Here are several more to consider. 

I keep my dog inside all year long.  Maybe he is just a wimp.  The summers are too hot in Tampa, FL.  He could probably stay out in the winter.  But our little guy needs human companionship.  I know he wouldn’t be happy staying outside all day and night.

But there is a need to keep some dogs outside during the winter.  I hope they enjoy it.  I certainly wouldn’t.

It is critical to take every precaution to protect our pet in the winter.

I read a good article that discusses some more safety tips for dogs in the winter.  It is entitled “Keeping pets warm and healthy this winter.”  It lists several more items than in my last article on this topic.

Here is a quote:

As the temperature drops, pet owners should think about the needs of their furry friends.

The City of Aurora says pet owners should go over the following checklist to make sure their pets stay happy and healthy this winter:

• Is there adequate shelter for our pet?

• Is the doghouse free from drafts and is it waterproof against melting snow? The dog will be warmer if the doghouse is elevated an inch or two off the frozen ground by placing it on a wooden pallet. Bedding (such as straw or a blanket) inside will also help ward off chills. Make certain the bedding stays dry.

• Does the opening of the shelter face away from the wind? Covering the opening with a flap of cloth or stronger material will also keep your pet warmer.

• Is the shelter the proper size for the animal? If it is too small, the animal will be uncomfortable in it. This can also lead to arthritis as the pet gets older. If it is too large, the shelter will not retain the animal’s body heat adequately to efficiently ward off the cold. A dog house should be large enough for the animal to stand up and easily turn around in – no larger and no smaller.

• Is there always a source of clean, unfrozen water available? Water freezes at 32 degrees. There are small heaters which may be purchased to place in your pet’s water dish to prevent freezing. Eating snow or ice will not provide sufficient moisture to prevent dehydration in your pet.

You can read the entire article here.  It’s a comprehensive article so I suggest you read it.

Do you want to add more safety tips for dogs in the winter? Do you have comments on those tips listed?  Thanks for your input.

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