Winter is here in Australia, and your dog loves romping in the snow, or chasing falling leaves, but they also need to be protected from the cold, especially if their coats are thin or your dog is small. Here are some pointers to be mindful of before taking them outdoors for a walk and other activities that expose them to the elements.
Every dog comes with different levels of tolerance to cold temperatures, so the best way to tell if your dog is too cold, is to observe their behavior.
Generally speaking, skinny or thin-coated dogs have less insulation from the cold, and smaller dogs get cold more easily than larger dogs because they have less body mass for producing heat. Other than that, puppies, elderly dogs, ill dogs and dogs with breathing problems tend to be extremely sensitive to wet weather and the cold. The only kind of dogs that are naturally capable of being exposed to harsh and/or wet weather conditions are the Arctic sled dogs.
For the other dogs, they are more likely to require a winter wardrobe, even when he is walking around the block. It is better to be safe than sorry because frostbite can be extremely painful. There are many basic apparels and designer duds on the market for you to choose from. You will also want to consider getting canine footwear especially if you live in the snowy parts of Australia.
Things to be Aware of
- Salt and other winter chemicals can dry and crack your pet’s paw pad.
- Winter chemicals can collect on your dog’s paws and if they lick it, they can get very sick.
- Be especially wary of antifreeze and windshield-wiper fluids when out. These chemicals can be lethal even in small amounts. A 20-pound dog can die after ingesting one tablespoon of antifreeze containing ethylene glycol.
Unfortunately, people are careless about these chemicals and they collect in puddles, driveways, streets, parking lots and other places dogs frequent. To make matters worse, dogs are attracted to its sweet smell and taste. If you suspect your dog has ingested antifreeze, begin first-aid and call the veterinarian IMMEDIATELY.
Things to Do
- Remove any snow balls or ice attached to his fur, or stuck between his toes or paw pads, upon entering the house.
- Dry your dog when he comes back into the house.
- Keep away from frozen rivers, lakes or pool. They often have thin ice and are slippery. A broken leg can be very expensive to recover from.
Apparels we offer
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