Caring For Your Dog During The Winter Time
Though the winter time does bring beautiful scenery it, unfortunately, comes with the cold temperature as well. Though we may be able to overcome the cold weather it does bring some issues to our little furry companion.
According to Nadine Gourkow, there are some methods of ensuring that they are kept safe and warm during the winter period. Dogs are typically very resistant when it comes to the cold and they actually prefer the cold weather to the heat.
Indoor Or Outdoor?
There are however certain factors to consider if your dog spends a lot of time in the outdoors. The energy requirements will be higher as temperatures drop. Indeed, your dog will need to consume more energy in order to fight against the cold. Naturally, many dogs will tend to be more hungry as well during the winter and as a result, would need to eat more. You will have to take into account this phenomenon in a variable way according to your pet’s way of life and the region in which you live in). Dogs that spend most of their time in the outdoors such as utility dogs and dogs that exercise such as hunting dog, for example, must surely have an increase of food during the winter seasons. Warning: For dogs that live in cities, living mostly indoors with us, it is not recommended to increase the food intake during the winter months. The reason for that is that they spend most of the time indoors, where temperatures are more or less constant throughout the year. They would, therefore, become overweight and thus contract certain diseases.
How to prepare your dog for winter? In the case of a dog still living outside, he must be given more energy to “burn” during the winter because his body must fight against the cold. You must increase your ration by 10 to 20% depending on the weather conditions and the activity of the animal. For very active dogs, it would even be advisable to switch to a more energetic diet altogether if it is not already what he consumes on a regular basis. A dog is generally quite resilient and he often prefers the cold weather instead of the heat. Though dogs are able to overcome the winter months it is important that they have a minimalistic shelter that they can call “home” in the event that they need a warm place to stay.
Although, in general, dogs are animals that are able to handle the cold weather better than hot weather, the fact still remains that this resistance varies according to factors such as his race, his lifestyle, whether he is or is not overweight.
A dog can become quite seriously ill because of the cold by developing respiratory problems, from simple rhinitis to severe infectious pneumonia. Your dog must be able to take shelter in the event of huge temperature drops.
If your dog stays outdoors all year round, he can stay there for the winter, but he will have to have a little shelter in order to be isolated from the dirt, bad weather, and wind.
Some breeds are resilient to the cold (especially small breeds and greyhounds), so be careful.
If your dog is accustomed to living indoors all through the year, he will be much more sensitive to the cold during the winter period and you will have to take extra precautions in order to provide a protective coat, a treatment of the foot pads and limit the duration of outdoor activities. Be careful: the outdoor activities must not be completely eliminated from his regime, they are very important for our companions, both for their health and for their well-being.
With this in mind for the winter, you should not have any major issues for your furry little friend. Just ensure that you follow the same process that you would follow during any period of the year but be more careful in the witner due to the cold.