Doggonit, It’s Called Outside!
Keeping your dog safe and warm this winter
Its winter and the temperatures are dropping. Now is the time to be extra warm and cozy. You have your hot tea, perhaps a heated blanket beside a cozy fire even. Where is your dog? Are they curled up beside you or does he/she have his own humble home outside? Is he/she as warm and comfortable as you? These are the questions that need to be asked in the cold Ohio months when the temperature can drop to dangerous lows. Here is how to make sure your pup is comfortable this winter.
- Do not let your indoor/outdoor dog out for very long. On days when it is extremely cold, do not let your dog out for very long. Breeds like huskies who have longer hair can withstand colder temperatures (and let’s be honest, probably love it) more so than short haired breeds but that still doesn’t mean you should leave your dog out longer than fifteen minutes or so. When it is below freezing, maybe limit it to ten minutes no matter how much they want to play. It is also important to limit walk times as well if you take your dog on daily walks.
- Speaking of walks...If you take your buddy for a walk and there is salt on the ground, make sure to clean off their paws. Not only can your dog leave mischievous paw prints around your house from the salt, but the chemicals can be extremely harmful if they happen to ingest it.
- Build a doghouse and keep it insulated. If there are extenuating circumstances that have led you to keep your dog mostly outside, make sure they have a shelter of some kind. You can create a warm spot in your shed for your dog with warm blankets (but be sure the blankets are dry so they don’t get wet and very cold) and/or straw. Some are lucky enough to have a heated shelter of some kind but therein lies the issue of a potential fire hazard. If you do not have a shelter already, why not build one? You can also purchase already built shelters or dog houses for your yard. Just be sure to insulate wherever your furry friend is spending their time. We do always advise to bring dogs inside whenever you can and we are more than happy to help you find the best solution for you!
- Too cold for you? Might be time to bring them inside! Some of us have a very high tolerance for cold. There are people who continue to wear shorts when it is 30 degrees out, hey we don’t judge. But as a rule, when the temperature drops below 45 degrees it might be time to bring your pet indoors. Below 45 degrees is about where dogs might start getting uncomfortable with the temperature and while a well insulated doghouse can do wonders, it might not be enough to keep your pet comfortable and healthy.
As we said before, if you are in need of a shelter or a solution to keeping your pet outside, we can help! Give us a call at 937-350-1729 and we will try and assist any way we can whether that be advice or building a doghouse for you. We will always be a trusted resource in Dayton, Ohio for keeping pets happy and healthy!