Colder Weather Ahead: How You Can Protect Your Dog

Oct 11, 2014 | Posted by in dog boots | 0 comments

Colder Weather Ahead: How You Can Protect Your Dog

When it gets colder you break out the sweaters and turn on the heat. What does your dog do?

When you go outside in snowy weather, you bundle up. Hat, gloves, waterproof boots. Do you put a coat and boots on your dog or leave them “bare”?

Your dog gets cold too.

Unless you have an Alaskan breed like a Husky or an Akita, your pet gets cold on frigid winter walks.

Veterinarians say wet fur can be especially chilling.

It’s not surprising when you think about it, would you go out below 30 degrees in wet clothes and expect to be comfortable?

Of course you wouldn’t.

Short haired breeds are already at a disadvantage and their extremities (noses, paws) will get even colder. A good waterproof coat can help them stay warmer.

And what about those paws?

Give ‘Em Paw Protection

Dog paws are exposed to the elements, rocks, pavement, mud, ice and more germs and debris than we probably want to think about.

They traipse around in everything life leaves on the ground and then they come in the house and curl up in our beds and on our couches and lick those paws clean.

Ewww….

Yes, you can wash your dog’s paws when you come in from a walk but unless you’re very thorough, you probably won’t get everything. Dog boots will keep your pet’s paws clean.

This is especially important during times of snow and ice when sidewalks and drive ways are covered with harmful-if-ingested chemicals. You don’t want your pet licking hazardous residue off his paws.

They’ll also keep your pet’s paws warm. Imagine walking around outside barefoot in the snow. That wouldn’t be very comfortable would it? Your dog has tough paw pads but he can still feel cold. Some dogs have even developed frostbite on their paws.

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