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Sunday, January 05, 2014

Top Ten Tips For Keeping Your Dog Safe And Warm In Winter

  Photo of warm dog courtesy of MLive (think that cold state of Michigan!)

We're expecting some frigid weather here in Central Ohio tonight and for the first few days of the week—wind chill temps between 25-40 degrees below zero, they say. And that doesn't count the snow that's soon to be falling. It's not looking good for my walk tomorrow, Parental Unit says, because I don't have a coat or little booties for my paws (or perhaps she doesn't want to go out in 40 below weather).

Regardless of your wind chill factor, there are some common sense steps you should take to protect your pooch from the cold. This article from MLive does a good job of explaining the most important ways pet owners can keep their dog safe and warm in frigid temperatures. For those macho types who poo-poo a dog wearing a coat, the idea is to keep the body's core warm—and depending on how long you're out in the cold, a coat is probably a good idea for even breeds with lots of fur. And dogs can also get frostbite on their paw-pads, so prolonged exposure to concrete or asphalt can be dangerous. That's where those doggie boots come in handy. And by the way, don't leave your dog unattended in a car—it's not just the build-up of intense heat that can kill Fido, a dog's body temperture can drop dangerously low very quickly, and those quick errands can take longer than you think.

So...are you all bundled up and ready for the storm? Here's hoping our water pipes don't freeze and our furnace keeps working!

                          I'll take another blanket, please...


Unknown said...

Stay warm and cosy. Mild here but wet and windy. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

Duke said...

We are not fans of the extreme cold. It means no walkies for us because it's too dangerous!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Mom RUGGED us Up in our heaviest coats this morning... and she even bundled HERSELF up... and went out WITH us... beclaws it is so cold and windy on our hill. She was afraid our feets might get too cold and we would need help getting back in where it is warm.
WE hope that your pipes don't freeze and your furnace Does Work... Stay IN and stay WARM. Cuddle with your P.U. it will warm you BOTH.

Two French Bulldogs said...

A good post. I think some peoples think we don't need to stay warm cause we are pets.

Bocci said...

Update on our Central Ohio weather: Indeed, wind chills are at 30 below, and will get even colder tonight and tomorrow! Parental Unit was scheduled to start the first day of her new job TODAY, but her campus will be closed today and tomorrow...

FANCY the Red Standard Poodle said...

Hi Y'all!

Paws crossed for y'all as we face Ol' Man Winter's rath!

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDpg

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