It’s cold outside and many people are choosing to dress their dog in coats for the winter months. While many feel their pets are warm enough outside during the winter, that isn’t always the case. On Nov. 26, 2015, the Greely Tribune reported on various tips pet owners can use to ensure their dogs remain warm and toasty during the harsh winter months. Those who live in climates that receive snowfall should take extra precaution to ensure their dogs remain warm. The Greely Tribune points out that older dogs and those with arthritis are especially vulnerable to the cold weather and many can benefit from wearing a dog coat.
“First, think about the snow and ice. While walking in the winter, lots of dogs could benefit from a fleece dog coat. In icy conditions, many communities apply de-icers like magnesium chloride to the streets and sidewalks. While these chemicals don’t bother people, they can be very harmful to your pups. Ideally, buy your dog some boots for its paws. If your dog won’t tolerate the boots and tears them off, make sure you wipe their paws thoroughly when they get back inside, the “Greely Tribune” reported.”
Regardless of how long or thick your dog’s fur may be, it is a good idea to get dog coats, such as those made of fleece and other warm, heavy fabrics, during the winter months.
Additionally, PETA released an announcement regarding pets and cold weather and also discussed how pets, such as dogs, may be susceptible to frostbite during winter weather. PETA also recommends keeping pets indoors during the winter, making sure they have additional food to eat and that their primary water source does not become frozen.
“Although dogs and cats have fur coats, animals can still suffer from deadly frostbite, and they can quickly become dehydrated when water sources freeze, PETA stated.”
By preparing for winter weather and planning ahead, you can rest assured that your pets remain healthy and happy. By using dog coats, boots and sweaters during winter months, you can help keep your dog warm when going outside.
What do you think about these tips? Do you dress your dog in coats and boots during the winter?