While dogs enjoy playing in the snow, it's important to limit their exposure to cold temperatures. Shorter, more frequent walks are better than long outings in freezing weather.
Consider getting your dog a well-fitting coat or sweater to help keep them warm, especially if they have short fur. Boots can also protect their paws from ice, snow, and harsh chemicals used on roads.
After walks, check your dog's paws for signs of irritation, cracking, or bleeding. Ice and salt on sidewalks can be abrasive and cause discomfort or injury.
If your dog spends time outside, ensure they have a warm, dry shelter with adequate bedding. Consider a doghouse with insulation or a heated bed to keep them comfortable.
Dogs burn more calories in the cold weather, so make sure to adjust their food accordingly. Consult with your vet about any specific dietary changes your dog may need during winter.
Antifreeze is highly toxic to dogs, and even a small amount can be fatal. Be cautious when walking your dog near areas where these chemicals are used. Consider using pet-safe alternatives.
Keep your dog mentally and physically stimulated by engaging in indoor activities. Play games, practice training, or consider dog-friendly toys that provide mental stimulation.
Keep your dog's coat well-maintained. Regular brushing helps remove excess fur and stimulates circulation. However, avoid over-bathing as it can dry out their skin.