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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Feeding your dog the same amount of food during the winter.
Dogs burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime, sometimes causing dehydration. Feeding your dog a little bit more dog food during the cold weather and making sure your dog has plenty of water to drink will help to keep your dog well-hydrated, and his skin less dry.
Leaving your dog outside for a long period of time in the cold weather.
Dogs are domesticated animals and are not meant to be outdoors all day long regardless of clothing. Snow and Ice can make a dog lose their scent and they can easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure your dog always wears a dog collar with ID tags.
Taking your dog out in the snow without dog boots or paw protection.
Guard against paw injury by using dog paw protectors or dog boots for snow when walking your dog in winter. The salt and sand used on icy sidewalks can be highly abrasive and damaging to a dog's paws. There are alternatives to dog snow boots. You could spray non-flavored cooking spray on the dog’s paws or use Musher's Wax. Both are good at preventing ice from building up and sticking to a dog's paws. Wipe your dog’s feet with a towel after they have been out playing in the snow so ice or salt do not stick to their paws.
Exposing your dog to antifreeze which is a lethal poison for dogs.
Please be sure to clean up any antifreeze spills from your car, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Many dogs dislike going outside during winter because snow, salt and chemical de-icers hurt their paws.
Taking your dog outdoors without a sweater, coat or buying one that does not fit properly.
Buying a dog a coat that is the wrong size can have the same impact as your dog not wearing a coat at all. When you are purchasing a sweater or coat take into consideration both your dog’s body weight and measure from their neck to the base of their tail. A proper fitting sweater or coat keeps your dog’s skin from becoming dry and also retains body heat.
by Joy Randel
Joy Randel is a National Radio Talk Show Host on blogtalkradio. Her show http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dazzle-dog-delight can be downloaded from blogtalkradio or from the iTunes Podcasts. She is also the owner of the DazzleDogDelight online designer dog supply store. Dazzle Dog Delight has over 800 dog supplies including organic dog shampoo, fancy dog collars, bling dog collar and fashion dog collars!
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