Christmas is 2 weeks away and we've already received our fresh share of snow!
Just like humans, we believe that dogs have their favorite season and our dogs here at The Pets Ark love this time of year.
Below are a few things to be aware of when it comes to dogs during a cold and snowy winter season!
Make sure your dog sleeps in a warm bed
Add blankets to his favorite spot and use raised beds to make sure your dog doesn't sleep on cold slabs. Using a heated bed can also help older dogs with arthritis.
Be sure to place them away from heaters and fireplaces to avoid unnecessary burns!
We have everything you need at ThePetsArk, including our newest creation, the BuddyBed - Memory Foam Dog Bed.
For a restful sleep. The 7 cm high frame will protect it from drafts.
Machine washable fleece fabric
Get out when the sun shines
Enjoy the benefits of vitamin D by taking a short walk or playing outside when the sun is out. In winter, we recommend walking your dog in the late morning or early afternoon to avoid cold temperatures.
Short, frequent walks are preferable to long walks!
How do I know if my dog is cold?
Some breeds are blessed with a very thick coat that naturally keeps them warm, but other short-haired breeds may not be able to handle the same temperatures.
Young and older dogs also have trouble regulating their body temperature, so keep this in mind before you go outside.
If you're outside without a coat and you're cold, it probably means your dog needs an extra layer too!
Made of ultra-light polyester on the outside, machine washable
Make sure he gets enough exercise
Ce n'est pas parce qu'il fait froid dehors qu'il ne peut pas bouger ! Adaptez la quantité de nourriture à leur niveau d'activité pour vous assurer qu'ils ne prennent pas de poids pendant ces mois froids.
Waterproof Up to 8 hours battery life
Rechargeable battery with USB charger included
Yes, a dog can get dehydrated in winter too!
Snow does not count as water!
Always have a bowl of fresh water and make sure your dog drinks enough during the day.
Suitable for all dogs, thanks to its retractable and height-adjustable support, from 10 to 70 cm
Bad season for osteoarthritis
Cold weather is likely to have an impact on your senior dog, especially when it comes to osteoarthritis.
Maintain your exercise routine and watch out for slippery surfaces to make sure they don't injure themselves further. You can also give them joint supplements to get them through the winter without a scratch.
Beware of frostbite and hypothermia
When a dog spends too much time in the cold, blood is drawn from the extremities to the center of the body to keep the organs warm.
When a dog spends too much time in the cold, blood is drawn from the extremities to the center of the body to keep the organs warm. The extremities are left unprotected and frostbite can occur, on the ears, paws or tail.
Dogs can also shake and become lethargic - with cold temperatures, the muscles stiffen and this can also weaken their heart.
Winter salt and antifreeze
They are both harmful, be sure to put them away and, if possible, avoid city sidewalks or clean your dog's paws so he doesn't lick them!
See you next time on The Pets Ark!
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