There is snow on the ground and temperatures are around freezing, so this is a good time to remind dog owners of the dangers of leaving your furry friends outside for too long.  According to WebMD, "pets are just as likely to get frostbite and hypothermia as their owners."  Here are some ways to keep your dog warm during cold weather:

  • Limit Time Outside:  It's not healthy for any dog, even breeds like Huskies, to spend a significant amount of time outside during cold weather.  A thick coat of fur doesn't protect every part of a dogs body, like their ears, nose and paws. Experts say that you should never leave a dog alone outside in the cold for any length of time.
  • Use Coats or Sweaters:  Some dogs, especially small or short hair breeds, can benefit from wearing a coat or sweater in cold weather, although K.C. Theisen, director of pet care issues at the Humane Society of the United States, says "If it's so cold that you think you should cover their head, you probably shouldn't go outdoors."
  • Don't Leave A Dog Alone in a Car:  We have all heard terrible stories about dogs being left in warm cars, but leaving them in cold cars can also be dangerous.  The interior temperature of a car can drop quickly in cold weather, leaving your pup vulnerable to frostbite or hypothermia.

Cold weather brings other health hazards to your pup.  To find out more, click here.