Dogs In Cold Weather
The fall and winter seasons are tough for pet owners. We want our pets to play outdoors in the fenced-in yard; however, we know that with the cold weather and snow comes health concerns for dogs. Usually, dogs need at least 30 minutes of daily exercise to stay fit, lean and healthy; however, the rules change when the snow fall down. Here are health risks for dogs that spend too much time outside.
Frost bite is a major concern for dogs during the cooler months of the year. Pet owners are advised to wipe down dog foot pads with a dry towel after outdoor time to avoid cracked paws and discomfort.
What's more of a concern for pets is hypothermia. Most dogs can handle staying outdoors for some time as long as temperatures are above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to wrap dogs in a dry blanket or towel after they come back inside or warm them up by the fireplace.
Dangerous cold weather can have damaging effects on dogs. Keep close watch of dogs behavior during these cool season months and consult a veterinarian if necessary.
- Jenn Smith