All of us love winter but it’s harsh to all living animals. There are threats that you might never consider: from chapped paws on icy roads to severe viruses from the atmosphere. Below is the listing of the most frequent problems you may face as a pet owner.
Pets require our constant care and attention all year round as you recall what Antoine de Saint-Exupery once wrote: “you become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” As we have winter now, let us not wax lyrical and move right to the point: what needs your particular attention in winter so as to save your pet healthy during the season?
Risk: general chilly
Yeah, it is particularly cold in northern countries. There are breeds that don’t require long walks as Chihuahua, or Yorkie, as an example. And more, it is even better to do this rather than let these delicate canines go outdoors at extreme colds.
Solution: as there’s absolutely no way to protect your pet’s nose and ears (just like for individuals), you can, at least, purchase some booties and a few coats so as to save your pet’s body heat and, this way, avoid any viruses.
Risk: slippy sidewalks
There are numbers of scenarios that may fail and you might not have sufficient time to react: accidental car on the street and the dog crossing it might become a catastrophe if they meet; just falling on the ice may bring straining your dog’s leg; etc., etc..
Professional dog trainers also insist on training your pet essential commands since there can always be situations when you will need to control him immediately to prevent a mishap.
Risk: insufficient calories
From your own experience you probably know that each and every living creature needs more vitamins in chilly season because of the constant loss of warmth, additional dryness, and immense viruses from the atmosphere. Your dog isn’t an exception. So as to keep his skin and coat healthy and prevent any disease, you must take some extra care of your fluffy companion.
Special attention ought to be paid to fish oil. Needless to say, every dog fancier knows about the remarkable properties of fish oil or its replacement (such as phytoplankton) that is filled with omega-3.
Risk: dry skin
Winter brings extra dryness into the dog’s skin.
Solution: really, you merely have to consider three chief rules. Rule No. 1: don’t shave off your dog. Wait till it becomes warmer in spring or even in summertime. It helps to eliminate dander and dead hair. Rule No. 3: Don’t clean your dog too frequently in winter. The snow is as easily wiped off from the jacket as it’s washed.
Risk: antifreeze and heaters
There are so season-specific to use antifreeze in automobiles and heaters in homes that it’s far better to remind everybody about them once more. All of us know why we use both of these 2 items from the household, but do not forget about your cherished pets.
Furthermore, take a look if there are any scratches or chapped skin around the paws. Even when you were extremely attentive and followed your dog’s every step, you can’t detect where he steps. It’s far better to test twice, just to be on the safe side. Concerning the heaters, ensure that your dog can’t get too close to prevent scalds, especially if we’re talking about the fireplaces.