Face the cold

Autumn has settled in France. It precedes the winter and therefore the cold. If certain precautions are to be taken with your dog from the beginning of autumn, the arrival of winter is also preparing, both in terms of food and physical. 

Let’s start with the diet. We often think that we must eat more when the cold arrives and the days get shorter; and also give more food to our fellow travelers. But that’s wrong. Unless your dog is out all day, exercising in abundance, his usual amount of food is quite sufficient.

You can, on the other hand, help him boost his immune defenses, thanks to dietary supplements. They’ll help him be better armed against freefall temperatures and endure the season. To make sure you do not go wrong, do not hesitate to consult your veterinarian. He will tell you what your pet needs and tell you how healthy he is. He can also direct you to naturopathy, if you are looking for completely natural solutions.

Equipments

It’s not because it’s so ugly or cold that your dog doesn’t need to go out anymore. Rather than make this moment a trial for him, you can prepare for it now. First of all, make sure, if it is snowing or the ice has settled, to prepare its pads so that they do not deteriorate. A tanning solution or a protection for its legs will help you there.

Then, if you have a dog that is cold, old, or with little hair, invest in a coat that will help keep you warm. There are all shapes, sizes and prices! It remains to choose the right one!

Hypothermia

The main danger of cold is hypothermia. What is it? A drop in body temperature. That of the dog is on average at 38 ° C. If it goes below, it’s hypothermic. It becomes more serious below the 37.5 ° C mark. In addition to this drop in temperature, the other symptoms associated with this condition are tremors, cold ears and a tendency to snuggle in the corners to warm up.

What to do?

You must start by rubbing the dog with a warm blanket, or dry your coat if it’s wet. Attention, if you use for that a hair dryer not to burn it! Then you can put a warm blanket in his basket or a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel to help him and give him a hot diet, putting broth in his kibble for example.

If despite all these efforts the temperature of your four-legged friend does not rise, you must go to the veterinarian before his condition worsens.

All equal ?

No. Obviously. All dogs don’t have the same resistance to cold, even if they are generally better armed than us. Puppies are very sensitive, as are old dogs and those who are sick. But their condition isn’t the only factor to take into account: the type of cold is also important.

A canine will always resist better to a dry cold than to a damp cold. The presence of the wind also plays a role. Strong gusts will make the cold more difficult to face. Finally, if your pet is used to being outdoors because you have a garden, a lot of outside or sleeping in a niche outside, it will be less affected by morning frosts than another who lives in apartment all year round.

Should we stop going out in the winter?

Certainly not ! Even if it’s harder to get dressed in the morning to go out for a walk or go out at night, your dog needs it. Especially if he is sporty and with a fiery temperament! You just have to adapt the walk to your feelings, stay tuned and observe your pet during your getaways. If you feel tired, chilled, or seem to want to go home, shorten the walk, nothing helps. You can always come out later, if necessary. Whenever possible, do not force your dog to go out. He will tell you when he needs it.