There are a lot of misconception about dogs and colder seasons. Dog owners often then to just keep their pets inside their homes, but our dogs would love to spend some time outside to play or stretch their legs. Below are 6 of the most common cold season dog care myths and the reality behind them.
Salt doesn’t damage their paws
When it snows, a lot of people place salt or other products to help melt the ice and snow. Some of these products can actually burn your dog’s sensitive paws, so you have to be very careful about where the dog spends their time outside. Some of these products are marked pet safe, so use these in your own lawn. Many dog owners would spread some petroleum jelly on their dog’s paws, but it can tend to stick on the floor and carpet. Baby wipes are also good to use.
Dog boots are fashion fads
Boots aren’t just fashion fads. They’re useful when it comes to protecting your dog’s feet from the cold and substances on the ground. The insides of their boots need to be kept dry and clean. Avoid putting them on your dog for extended periods of time. Your dog should look comfortable in their boots. If they look like they’re having a hard time walking in them, they’re ether too tight or too loose.
Dogs can tolerate the cold better than humans
Some dogs can, and some dogs can’t. Dogs who originate from cold areas and have thick coats can handle the cold better than other dogs and humans while those who have shorter coats might find the cold weather uncomfortable. If your dog stays outside, make sure it has shelter from the snow and wind or you can just give them a spot inside the house.
Since they have fur, they don’t need anything else to keep them warm
Short haired dogs need a little help in keeping themselves warm during the cold months. Get them a coat that covers their body but doesn’t obstruct movement. For indoor heating pads, avoid using electric heating beds or pads since these could cause burns. Instead, use blankets to help them stay warm.
Dry eyes can’t be stopped
Dry eyes are common amongst dogs during the cold seasons. Symptoms include mucus discharge, irritation around the eye area and conjunctivitis. If this isn’t treated, the surface of their eyes can become scratched and affect their vision. The best way to avoid this is to use Vetericynor artificial tears to moisten their eyes.
Some dogs are immune to cold weather
Dogs like German shepherds,St. Bernard’s and Huskies might look like they can stand harsh winters, but it’s important that they are also kept warm and comfortable when it’s too cold outside. Some dogs really do love the cold, so observe how the dog reacts around the cold. If they start to shiver and want to go back inside the house, don’t hesitate to let it in.