Winter arrives

Keeping our dogs safe and secure through the winter times.

To my mind, it’s always a fine balance when I am sent a guest post from a person who represents a commercial organisation. Do I say ‘No’ because I don’t wish to promote a business that I have no personal experience of. Do I say ‘Yes’ if the guest post carries useful information for lovers of dogs.

Thus I didn’t immediately come to a decision when back in September I received the following email:

Learning From Dogs,

I hope this message finds you well.

I just would like to say thank you for the incredible amount of value you contribute to your website.

I’m reaching out because I’d love to submit a highly valuable piece of ‘pet’ content for your website that would be valuable for your readers.

If you’re still accepting posts, please let me know and I can put together a draft for your review. I hope you have an excellent day.

Warmest Regards,

Lannie N.
Digital Marketing Specialist
Allivet

I replied saying:

 Dear Lannie,

In principle I am always happy to receive guest posts.

That would apply equally to your goodself. All I would ask is that your post is written from a personal perspective and not one that is directly or indirectly promoting what Alivet does.

Simply because my readers assume that I am not for or against any product or service mentioned on my pages.

Lannie sent me the guest article and I judged it had valuable advice especially for this time of the year. Here it is.

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Tips to Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy in the Winter

by Lannie, 18th September, 2017

Dogs love the warm, summer months when they can frolic and play outside. But our furry friends can have a hard time in the winter, when the days are shorter and the weather is too cold to go outside. Luckily, if you have a pet dog, there are some things you can do to help him stay healthy and thriving throughout the entire cold season. Here are some of the best.

Take Walks When the Sun Is Out

If you take your dog for walks for exercise, then be sure to walk him during the sunniest parts of the day. By walking in the sun, you can take advantage of the day’s warmest hours. You can also be sure that both you and your pooch get some much-needed vitamin D.

Use a Shorter Leash

When you walk your dog during the winter, make sure you use a shorter leash for him than you would during the warmer months. A dog that has a long lead may pull and run, which can cause both you and the dog to slip and fall. To keep your pooch injury-free this winter, try sticking to a 4-foot lead, which allows you more control over where he moves.

Make Sure Bedding Is Warm and Cozy

Just like you, your dog needs to cuddle up and keep warm at night. Don’t make your dog sleep alone on the floor. Instead, choose a bed that is the right size, and add accessories that can help create more warmth, like blankets, toys and pillows. Consider getting your dog’s bed up off the cold ground by choosing a raised one, and make sure he doesn’t have to sleep somewhere unheated or drafty.

Cut Down on Shampooing

You want to take care of your dog’s skin in the winter. Like yours, it can become chapped and dry. Try cutting back on how often you shampoo your dog. When you do bathe your pet, be sure to check him for ticks and fleas, which can still be around during the winter months. To prevent him from getting ticks and fleas in the first place, try using NexGard.

Protect Your Dog’s Feet

If it’s too cold for you to walk outside barefoot, then it’s too cold for your furry friend. Invest in booties that protect your dog’s feet, and make sure you put them on his feet when you walk in the snow or ice. Booties also prevent snow on sidewalks and streets from getting between your dog’s paw pads, which can cause burning and irritation. Something else to keep in mind during the winter is preventing fleas & ticks from spreading on your dog. Fleas and ticks are capable of surviving in outdoor temperatures as low as the upper 30s. Something to consider is finding a flea and tick product for your dog that will help prevent this from happening. If you would like to learn more, go here for information on Nexgard, which is a chewable preventative that can keep the fleas and ticks at bay.

Consider Feeding Your Dog More

Dogs tend to get cold in the winter, and their bodies have to work harder to keep them warm. For that reason, they can burn more calories during this season. To make up for the extra burned calories, consider boosting the amount you feed your dog by a little bit. Consult with your vet first to figure out the perfect amount to feed your pet.

Be Careful With Ice-Melting Materials

Ice-melting materials like salt and antifreeze can be extremely harmful, or lethal, to pets. Make sure you keep them far out of reach of your dog. If you have to use an ice melter on your sidewalk during the winter, be sure you monitor your dog so he does not eat it.

Your dog might not love winter, but with some help from you, he can spend the entire season healthy and happy. By taking a few simple steps, you can ensure that your pup feels good and is strong enough to take the arriving spring and summer by storm.

Lannie, writer for Allivet. Allivet provides affordable pet supplies and pet medications, all of which can be purchased online.

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The Allivet Pet Pharmacy website is here. As I inferred earlier on I have no experience, good or bad, with Allivet.

Thanks Lannie.

20 thoughts on “Winter arrives

    1. No question. Tonight’s forecast for Grants Pass, Or., is for a low of 38 F and rain/snow. Here in Merlin my guess is that will translate to a low of 34 and a snow line of around 2,500 ft.

      1. I don’t agree about the dogs can’t walk outside barefoot, but in bad places for the dogs, it is possible to use fx bee wax to protect their paws against salt etc.
        Dogs have been barefoot all their life and even in cold Greenland, the dogs are working barefoot without freezing in their paws.
        I will add that not all dogs are living inside in houses together with people and in this case, I find it important to remember to protect these dogs by giving them a house with blankets or so, so they don’t need to live outdoor without protection at all.
        My animals are living inside together with me, but I see many other animals, as never or very rare come inside houses.

      2. Irene, those are extra valuable reminders. When I bike ride around here there must be at least half a dozen rural homes I pass that have dogs living outside of the house.

        Thanks!

  1. Thankfully we don’t have to worry too much here in Hawaii. The 6 month-old pup (Blue Heeler) just jounced in but not before a quick toweling-off. Luckily his fur is super short! And now he lies contentedly on the dry office rug 😉 Aloha, Paul.

    1. You paint a lovely scene. In contrast to the mist enveloping the branches of the wet forest some 150 yards from the bedroom window through which I am looking! Give you pup a big squeeze from a rainy morning in Oregon.

      1. I surely will, Paul. Even though our rains continue pretty much unabated here. I think we have similar weather (wet/dry not hot/cold so much) because of that Alaskan current (jet stream) weather. Aloha.

  2. Dogs really do like warm cosy beds, but they can harbour parasites so must be cleaned up often. If you use Duvet’s, the cover can be washed and the duvet can be hung outside in dry winter sunshine to freshen up. If the temperature is cold enough it could kill off any pests. Alternatively, putting the Duvet in a very hot automatic dryer might work to kill off pests too, but be sure it won’t hurt the fabric or filling. Some Duvets are also washable and easier to use.

    In all my pet sitting experiences, I’ve never met a dog who doesn’t like to be warm and cosy at night.

    Even dogs outside should have a shelter with dry comfortable bedding to protect from freezing…they are not all Siberian Huskies!

  3. All very good advice!!
    Living in Canada we are most definitely used to the winter climate but that does not mean we are educated regarding taking care of our dogs properly to endure weather conditions.
    Note that in the case of a yorkie or yorkie mix there is NO undercoat present and these dogs really need to be protected from the cold climates a bit differently. If we are cold they are cold, they do not have a fur coat (as some people are apt to suggest), they have HAIR the same as humans and as such sweaters, jackets and indoor (heated) accommodations are required.
    Rant over!
    Thank you so much for providing a wonderful blog full of informative and thought provoking content! I will be a frequenter now that I have discovered you!!
    🙂

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