We all love winter but it’s harsh to all living animals. There are threats which you might never think about: from chapped paws on icy roads to serious viruses from the air. Below is the list of the most frequent problems you can face as a pet owner.
Pets require our constant care and attention all year round as you recall what Antoine de Saint-Exupery once wrote: “you become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” As we have winter now, let’s not wax lyrical and proceed right to the point: what demands your special attention in winter in order to save your pet healthy throughout the season?
Danger: general cold
Yeah, it’s especially cold in northern states. There are breeds that do not require long walks as Chihuahua, or Yorkie, as an example. They could only have their potties at home and do all their vital things there. And more, it’s even better to do this and not let these fragile canines go outside at extreme colds. But if we take, say, Golden Retriever or Husky, they want walking and running some miles (especially Husky).
Solution: as there is no way to protect your dog’s ears and nose (just like for people), you can, at least, purchase some booties and a few coats so as to save your dog’s body warmth and, in this way, avoid any viruses.
Danger: slippy sidewalks
There are numbers of scenarios that may fail and you may not have enough time to react: accidental car on the street and the dog crossing it might become a tragedy if they meet; just falling on the ice may bring straining your dog’s leg; etc., etc..
Professional dog trainers also insist on training your pet essential commands as there can always be situations when you will need to control him immediately to prevent a mishap.
Risk: insufficient calories
From your own experience you probably know that each and every living creature needs more vitamins in chilly season due to the constant loss of warmth, extra dryness, and immense viruses from the air. Your dog isn’t an exception. So as to keep his skin and coat healthy and prevent any disease, you have to take some additional care of your fluffy companion.
Special attention ought to be paid to fish oil. Of course, each dog fancier knows about the remarkable properties of fish oil or its substitute (like phytoplankton) which is filled with omega-3.
Danger: dry skin
Winter brings additional dryness to the dog’s skin.
Solution: really, you merely have to remember about three main rules. Rule No. 1: don’t shave off your dog. Wait till it becomes warmer in spring or even in summer. Rule No. 2: Brush your dog. It helps to get rid of dander and dead hair. Rule No. 3: Do not wash your dog too often in winter. The snow is as easily wiped off from the coat as it is washed.
Risk: antifreeze and heaters
There are so season-specific to use antifreeze in automobiles and heaters in houses that it’s far better to remind everybody about them once again. All of us know why we use both of these 2 things in the household, but don’t forget about your cherished pets.
Additionally, take a look if there are any scratches or chapped skin around the paws. Even when you were extremely attentive and followed your dog’s every step, you can’t detect where he steps. It’s far better to test twice, just to be on the safe side. Concerning the heaters, ensure your dog cannot get too close to prevent scalds, especially if we’re talking about the fireplaces.