Winter is finally here officially, but we have had winter weather for a couple of weeks already this year in Tulsa. It could be a long, cold winter this year. It is very important to keep your pets safe and warm this time of year. Here are a few tips and photos from WikiHow that can help you. If your dog is showing any signs of winter illnesses or seems more arthritic contact your Tulsa veterinarian immediately.
Does your dog shiver when you go outside? During the winter season, many dogs feel the cold as much as their owners do, especially when they are not habituated to the cold, or that have specific cold weather traits. Keeping your dog warm through the winter months is important to maintaining top health, and it won’t take you much extra effort to ensure winter coziness for your canine pal.
Understand your breed’s particular susceptibility. Some dog breeds are more prone to the cold than others, while some breeds are adapted extremely well to the cold:
- Dogs that are great in the cold include Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies and Chow Chows.
- Dogs that find it harder include Dobermans, toy dogs, low hair or hairless dogs, and Greyhounds. Any shaven or excessively clipped dog will fall into this category as well because the thick winter coat is a dog’s insulation.