Here in Cyprus, we don’t usually experience those heavy winter days as in other countries. Still, we have to protect our furry friends by following some simple, cold winter tips.
Here are 6 ways to keep your dog warm in the winter!
- BE AWARE OF YOUR PET’S TOLERANCE TO COLD
Dogs that are sick, small, short-haired, very young, or old tend to get cold faster, so you need to reconsider changing daily walks. Buy some winter gear when venturing outdoors in cold weather.
- CHECK & PROTECT PAWS
Check your dog’s paws after every walk for signs of cold weather injury or damage, such as cracked or bleeding paw pads. Wipe down and wash with warm water immediately when you are back inside.
- KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR FROSTBITE
Sensitive tissues like ears, nose, and paw pads are extra susceptible to frostbite during the cold winter months. Regularly check these areas for frostbites.
- ID, LEASH, AND CHIP
Always leash your dog during winter walks and make sure they have ID tags so they can be safely returned to you.
- HONK FOR SLEEPING ANIMALS
In cold weather conditions especially, stray cats seek shelter and warmth under parked cars. Honk, to wake them up before starting your car during the winter.
- CONSIDER ADJUSTING DIETS
With walks cut short and less time spent outdoors, pets may experience unhealthy weight gain so it’s best to find some indoor playtime and adjust meal quantities or formulas.
Enjoy the season and keep warm!