My family and I live in New England and let me tell you we have been getting a TON of snow! We have been getting a new storm every week and having temperatures dropping well bellow zero. I love the snow and typically can spend all day outside playing in it. This is where your mommy or daddy comes in. My mommy typically knows when I need to come inside to prevent myself from getting too cold.
When its to cold for you to go out even with a million layers on, chances are that it is too cold for your pooch friends to go out as well, at least for long periods of times. I know we have coats that look ultra fluffy like the best blanket ever, but they only get us so far especially if we are mostly indoor animals.
Some things you should know:
1. Is your dog up to date on his/hers health exam? If not then the extreme cold can worsen medical issues that your dog has like arthritis. Especially for your older companion.
2. When its very cold, ice forms. This means that your dog is more likely to slip and fall on the slippery surface.
3. Shorten your dogs time outside. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (like Cushing’s disease) may have a harder time regulating their body temperature, and may be more susceptible to problems from temperature extremes.
4. Update sleeping or resting areas. As the weather gets colder your house inevitably gets colder as well (sometimes no matter how high your heat is blasting). In order to keep your pet comfortable place beds in a warm area or add a blanket to their usual spot so they can warm up faster after being outside.
5. Check your dogs paws! The cold weather can cause pads to split and bleed or frostbite after extended exposure so frequent checks keeps you on the look out.
6. Keep a collar on. The snow can mask scents that your dogs have become accustom too so they might get lost easier than in the warmer weather.
7. Watch out for antifreeze! That stuff is poisonous to animals and yet smells good to them. Clean up spills or leaks immediately!
8. Pay attention to your dog. Keep checking your dog to make sure nothing has changed (shivering, whining, limping, etc).
9. Don’t go stingy on the food. Yes this sounds like I am just asking my mommy to feed me more but it really is beneficial to your pooch friend! Keeping a healthy weight on your dog protects them from the cold!
Here are some photos of Louis V and I playing in the snow (I know, I know, you’re probably sick of seeing us in the snow!)
Hope this was helpful! If you have anything to add please comment! I know my mommy knowing these things really has helped Louis V and I in the cold weather!
Kincaid (the one and only)