Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Winter is here; Keep Your Puppy Warm…

By Madame Margherite

It is official, in most parts of the country the air is brisk to say the least, and in some parts of the country it’s just out right cold. Department stores are stocking up on winter clothing and selling out like crazy, while home owners are switching off the central air and turning on the central heating. But let’s not forget that us humans are not the only ones who get cold this time of year, our pets- despite their fur coats- get chilly as well. Just like us, the chill in the air can lead to sniffles, ear aches, and cold feet. Here are some ways you can prevent your dog from getting sick or being uncomfortable.

Of course indoor renovations can include moving your pet’s doggie bed from in front of the air conditioner to in front of the fireplace and you don’t need anyone to tell you that extra blankets wouldn’t hurt. However people tend to forget that heat rises and your dog doesn’t always stay put under the blanket. Once the morning comes and your pet wants to emerge from under his or her covers they’re going to feel the breeze in the air.

Well there’s a simple solution to solving this uncomfortable problem. You can get your dog sweaters or some thick shirts. Granted, at first they may squirm a little bit when you try to dress them, but dogs are smart and once they realize that the sweaters keep them warm they’ll be glad to wear them. Just like the recognition dogs have for their collars and leashes; at first they don’t like them but once they associate the leash with their walk they’ll be bringing the leash to you. Small breeds especially appreciate their fashionably fitted dog sweaters, as they get cold much quicker than Golden Retrievers and Collies.

If you have a big furry dog, going for a quick walk around the back yard for a moment or so may not require a couple of layers but dog jackets certainly are important when playing in the snow. Just like children, dogs love to jump around in freshly fallen snow, and just like children dogs loose track of their body temperature. It’s up to you to keep them warm. Dog jackets are easier to put on then sweaters and you only need one or two to get your pet through the winter.

Dog boots are a good idea too at times. Going for long walks, or keeping your dog outside for an extended period of time isn’t a bad thing, but keep in mind that their pads are thick and they won’t feel the cold ground until it’s too late. A dog’s feet need to be warm just like ours do. You know what they say, if your head and feet are cold, you’ll get a cold. Which brings up another point, a hat for your dog might work too if you can manage to keep it on your dog’s head. That might be a challenge though. Dog boots are good for playing in the snow also, but be sure to take them off right away once you’re in the house. Snow and ice can get trapped inside the shoe and you don’t want your pet walking around like that for too long.

If you’re going to keep your dog out for an extended period of time, even with a pair of dog boots, and a dog jacket keep your pet moving and just like in the summer, watch out for your dog over exerting his or herself. One more valuable danger to be aware of is keeping your dog in the car unattended. In the summertime your car becomes stifling and can cause heat stroke for a pet, but in the winter your car turns into an ice box just as quickly and can cause hypothermia. So pick up some dog sweaters, dog jackets, dog boots and a hat! Keep your puppy warm, and enjoy the winter.


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