How To Keep Your Dog Safe During Winter

How To Keep Your Dog Safe During Winter

Winter brings challenges for any dog owner, whether they're caring for a fluffy malamute or a shivery chihuahua. The cold season usually means shorter walks, a watchful eye for ice-melting salt, and plenty of cuddle time in the indoors. It's especially important to watch for puddles of antifreeze near vehicles, as the sweet-tasting substance can be fatal to dogs, even in small amounts. Some owners prefer to buy booties for their dogs rather than wipe their paws off after each walk, and you can also put a bit of petroleum jelly on your dog's pads to keep them from becoming chapped and cracked. One other important note: more dogs get lost in winter than in any other season. That's because the snow and the cold can make it difficult for them to smell their way home once they become separated from their owners. For this reason, it's crucial to keep your dog leashed at all times!

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Huskies have an undercoat and a top coat of fur, and can live in temperatures as low as -75 degrees Fahrenheit (-59 degrees Celsius). (0:39)

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    Cats get cold more easily than dogs, and have an average body temperature of 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit (39 degrees Celsius). (1:31)

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    Severe cold can cause hypothermia and death in both dogs and cats. (2:17)

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