Happy #NationalPetDay to all new and old pet owners out there.
I myself have had my French Bulldog for over a year now, I have grown to learn things I never even knew. Over the year my knowledge and love for dogs only grows- I thought it would be a good idea to share some insight with the cold weather constantly coming and going.
1. If you’re cold, they’re cold.
Know they LIMITS: Just like people, pets’ cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. Be aware of your pet’s tolerance for cold weather, and adjust accordingly. Long-haired or thick-coated dogs tend to be more cold-tolerant, but are still at risk in cold weather. Short-haired pets feel the cold faster because they have less protection, and short-legged pets may become cold faster because their bellies and bodies are more likely to come into contact with snow-covered ground.
2. Give them Choices.
Just like you, pets prefer comfortable sleeping places and may change their location based on their need for more or less warmth. Give them some options to allow them to vary their sleeping place to adjust to their needs.
3. Stay Inside.
If the weather gets really cold, its a good idea to stay indoors and have some indoor play time. Like people, Dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside.
Their paws are fragile and very sensitive. Paws frequently for signs of cold-weather injury or damage, such as cracked paw pads or bleeding. During a walk, a sudden lameness may be due to an injury or may be due to ice accumulation between his/her toes. REMEBER: BOOTS ARE A MUST.
My French bulldogs Paws crack very fast with the cold and they bleed leaving blood prints everywhere in the house. its important to take the nessessary steps to assure your furry friend gets the attention and care he/she needs.
Always keep a Vets number on hand and as a secondary option an emergency pet clinic.
If they’re happy and healthy, you’re happy.