Ensure your dog has a warm and dry shelter, such as a well-insulated dog house or a cozy spot indoors. Elevate the shelter to prevent it from sitting directly on the cold ground.
Place warm and comfortable bedding in your dog's sleeping area. Consider using blankets or beds specifically designed for cold weather to provide extra insulation.
Ice, snow, and salt can be harsh on a dog's paws. Consider using paw wax or dog boots to protect their feet. Wipe their paws after walks to remove any salt or ice melt.
For dogs with short coats or those that are more sensitive to the cold, consider dressing them in a dog sweater or jacket. Ensure the clothing fits properly and doesn't restrict movement.
Limit the time your dog spends outdoors during extremely cold weather, especially if they are not accustomed to low temperatures. Shorten walks and provide indoor playtime instead.
Dogs may need more calories in the winter to stay warm. Consult with your veterinarian to determine if your dog's diet needs adjustment based on their activity level and the colder weather.
Cold weather can be dehydrating. Ensure your dog has access to fresh and unfrozen water at all times. Hydration is crucial for their overall well-being.
Antifreeze is toxic to dogs, and it has a sweet taste that may attract them. Keep all antifreeze containers out of reach, and promptly clean up any spills. Choose pet-safe antifreeze alternatives.