In freezing temperatures dogs are as much at risk of injury as we are. Here are some simple tips you can use to keep them safe:
- When outside, prevent direct contact. Exposed skin will chill much quicker if coming into direct contact with frozen surface. For dogs this obviously includes foot pads. The other area of concern is any retained moisture on the dog’s skin. In sub-zero temperatures water will freeze quickly and possibly cause severe chilling to the affected areas.
- Heating units can be dangerous. The obvious way to warm up on a hot day is with a room heater. When dogs are around, heaters can be a dangerous item. They can be knocked over by a playful pet and the wires can be chewed up causing electrocution. I have also seen dogs develop thermal burns from just sleeping in front of the heater. Keep the dog out of the direct line of heat and the heater up and off the ground.
- Central heating means dry heating. With the cold upon us, the central heating units kick in. The circulated air is much drier then the regular air your dogs breathe. This means that more water would need to be drunk to compensate for your pet’s water loss. Make sure fresh cool water is freely available (I am sure you do anyway) and if your pet is older or has a chronic illness, be on guard for problems developing.