The holiday season may be over, but the bitter cold of winter weather is here to stay. As you and your furry friend enjoy outdoor sports and activities, it’s important to keep your dog protected from the winter elements. Here are some tips to keep in mind the next time you and your dog venture into the winter weather.
How cold is too cold?
In general, experts with ASPCA suggest that when the temperature falls below 45ºF, pet owners should become extra aware of their pet’s comfort, taking into consideration body size and type of coat. These experts warn that temperatures ranging from below 32ºF to below 20ºF are too cold for your dog, making them prone to hypothermia and frostbite.
Protecting your dog from hypothermia and frostbite.
Refrain from leaving your dog outside or in your car without heat for extended periods of time and consider dressing them in a coat or sweater to help them maintain body heat. Additionally, forgo shaving your dog to their skin, as their fur helps them retain body heat to withstand cold temps.
Further prevent the dangers of cold weather by keeping your dog in their NorthStar Plastics’ Dog Box, a manufactured dry and warm space.
NorthStar Plastics’ Dog Boxes are versatile enough to stay cool to the touch in the summer and can be insulated for warmth in the winter. Here are a few ways to winterize your dog box and protect your pup from the cold:
- Protect your dog from cold winter winds by installing a side vent cover to your NorthStar Plastics’ Dog Box.
- Place vet bedding fleece and a blanket in the box. The framed door will prevent any spillage of materials while ensuring your pup has enough room to cuddle up and get warm.
- Keep the box dry by installing a J-Channel drip edge above the door for additional protection against cold water entering your dog’s space.
Protecting your pet from sidewalk and road salt.
As you provide a warm, safe space for your dog, don’t forget to protect them from the chemicals used in road and sidewalk salt. Consider dressing their paws in petroleum jelly or booties and be sure to wash and wipe your dog’s paws and belly to lessen the risk that they may ingest those harmful chemicals.
Make the winter season enjoyable for both you and your dog with these tips.