Despite the cold temperatures in winter, dog owners and their four-legged friends have to go out into the fresh air several times a day. In the following article we will go into what to look out for as a dog owner and how to get your dog through the winter.
The winter fur
In keeping with the cold season, most dogs are given winter fur, which means they are better protected for the winter. The undercoat that the dogs get protects them from wetness and cold. It often happens that the coat changes already in the cooler autumn. After the winter there is another coat change, because then the warming undercoat falls out. Dog owners should incorporate regular brushing into their routines, as this can support the change of coat.
In dogs, behavior and posture can be used to determine how you are doing. For this reason, as a dog owner, one should pay attention to how the dog behaves in wet and cold weather. There are several signs that the dog is cold and freezing. These include lifting the paws, a tense and stiff posture and permanent tremors. Another sign may be that the dog no longer wants to go out at these temperatures.
The dog walk
In winter you should make sure that you are always on the move with the dog so that the four-legged friend and the dog owner keep warm in the cold temperatures. Playing on smooth or icy surfaces is not recommended because dogs can slip and injure themselves. Particular caution is required on frozen rivers or lakes, as these can collapse and the animals could perish. Since it gets dark early, the dog and the dog owner should be clearly visible. After the dog walk in winter you have to dry your four-legged friend’s wet fur with a towel and you can warm up together at home for a close bond.
Be careful with the snow
In the event that it has snowed and this snow has remained, dog owners must make sure that the snow is not eaten by their four-legged friend. Snow gastritis can occur when a dog eats excessive amounts of snow. It can also happen that the snow is contaminated, which can create a great danger. Therefore, caution is generally required when there is snow outside and the dog is playing in the snow.
Sufficient undercoat is produced in healthy dogs so that no additional heat protection is necessary in winter. However, there are times when unhealthy dogs are unable to put on sufficient fur, which means that they do not have enough undercoat to protect themselves during the cold season. Some dog breeds even have no undercoat at all, so that a dog does not freeze outside, in such a case you should buy a suitable winter coat, which can protect the dog from the cold.