The Camp Hook pool is closed--time to think about how cold weather effects our dogs!
Winter is fun, but takes some special care to keep dogs healthy.
Crucial to your dog's winter comfort and survival:
Special Winter Conditions:
Frostbite can be a concern when a dog spends a lot of time out in the cold and wet, which of course includes playing or hiking in the snow.
Outdoor dogs exposed for long periods of freezing temperatures with no way to warm themselves are at even greater risk. The parts of the body that have the least circulation will be affected first--ears and tail tips. Early signs are pain and pale skin. Use warm, moist heat (not hot) and do not rub! The skin turns red and then black in later stages as the skin dies.
Hypothermia is not just a human problem--it can kill dogs as well. Here are some signs of this dangerous condition:
Zelle and Meghan in their winter coats.
Don't be embarrassed to put jackets and sweaters on inside dogs when they spend time outside.
Don't stop your dog's heartworm preventative when winter arrives. Here in NC we get one warm day and the mosquitoes are out hunting. We have no bug-free months!
Above all, make sure your dog stays hydrated!
It is just as important in winter. He should have access to fresh water at all times.
As much as dogs love to play in the snow, precautions must be taken to protect them!
Kicking back on the couch is a good winter option for Rodeo.