Caissie Canine Instruction: Preparing K9’s for the Winter Months
We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a 17 and a half year old West Highland
White Terrier named Carson!
I don't quite run around like I used to but I still love a short walk with my mom or dad or just hanging out with them in the house.
Oh...and I can't forget hanging out with my best toy friend.....Hedgehog! ...hee hee
Welcome to Doggie Dialogue
Keeping your K9 comfortable, warm and safe during the winter months can be seamless, with preparation.
Last week’s blog we talked about getting the “right fit” sweater/jacket for your K9, if you felt your dog would benefit from one. Remember not all dogs need a coat or want one. LOL.
The number one priority is safety. Please ensure YOU have proper footwear and protective layers of clothing on when venturing out into the cold.
Humans and dogs can both be exposed to bitter temperatures, and you must protect yourself and your K9 from frostbite. Dogs can get frostbite on their tail tips and earflaps. Dog paws are also affected by the snow and ice.
We recommend keeping your K9 paws groomed in-between the toes and pads, therefore no “ice” can form in between their toes.
Remember most people will put down rock salt or de-icer on their sidewalk/driveway to melt the snow/ice for pedestrian safety, however it can burn your K9’s paw pads.
When you come home from your walk please wipe your dogs’ paws with warm water, to wash off any toxic residue. You can buy non-toxic ice-melt or sand that is pet-friendly to use at your own home.
K9 age is important, during winter months, as very old or very young dogs have a hard time regulating body temperature. Try to keep these K9’s indoor as much as possible. We recommend indoor games, activities, and dog puzzles to help stimulate your K9.
Senior dogs who have arthritis seem to become worse over the colder months. Common signs of arthritis in K9’s is limping, yelping when touched, biting affected joints, avoiding stairs, and an overall reluctance to moving. There is arthritis and pain medications your vet can prescribe.
Keep in mind when going out on your winter walks, to keep them shorter in duration, and preferably when the sun is out. Safety is the number one priority, so remember to give your full attention to your K9, when out for your walks. Older dogs with mobility issues maybe more susceptible to slip on ice-covered footpaths and younger dogs may venture onto ice covered ponds/creeks.