If you live somewhere that goes from patio season to a winter wonderland in a week, then this blog is for you. Our dogs love the outdoors, and many especially love playing and jumping around in the fresh snow, but winter comes with its own set of pet safety challenges. If your dog is an outdoor enthusiast who loves exploring the snowy outdoors, this blog is for you!
Keep Away From Bodies Of Water
Just because a pond or lake looks frozen does not mean it is strong enough to hold your dog. Even if a lake is completely frozen where you're at doesn't mean there are no hidden holes drilled by ice fishers or natural areas that are less frozen, posing a danger. For pet safety and
avoiding emergency trips to the vet, it's best to stay away from bodies of water and always keep them leashed if you are near one.
Do Not Leave Alone In Car
This one is a no-brainer, but it's essential to never leave your dogs alone in the car. A car can go from warm to freezing in a matter of seconds. Heat does not stay trapped in the car while you go and run your errands. It escapes, leaving your dogs to freeze. Leaving dogs unattended in vehicles has caused fatalities in the summer and the winter's extreme temperatures.
Keep Them Warm During And After A Walk
Dog jackets exist for more than just cute doggy fashion. While our dogs do have fur coats, they will still become cold when outside in winter, primarily if they are used to being warm and toasty inside a house. Grab your dog a jacket or doggy vest and a pair of booties to protect their pads. They will have so much more fun outside when they stay warm. Staying warmer outside will also help them warm back up when back inside.
If you have been back inside for a while and your dog is still acting cold, it might be suffering from hypothermia. Symptoms include:
- Muscle stiffness
- Difficulty moving
- Tail tucked between legs
- And more.
You must bring them to the vet if your dog shows any of the above signs. Even a mild case of hypothermia in dogs can cause them to fall unconscious, develop long-term heart conditions, and be fatal. Wagmo pet insurance plans can help cover emergency costs, medications, surgeries, and more, so you don't need to worry about anything but your best friend.
Protect Paw Pads And Avoid Frostbite
Even sled dogs wear paw booties! Frostbite can happen quickly on a dog's paw pads, especially if they are walking on a lot of ice road salt. The ice and snow will cling to the dog's paw fur, melt from their body heat and salt, then refreeze again from the cold. This can cause large chunks of ice to cling in between the dog's toes, causing painful frostbite and paw pad injuries.
If your dog shows any of these signs, you need to bring them to the vet for frostbite:
- Skin turning pale or blue
- They are cold to the touch
- Pain and swelling
- Blisters on the skin
- Blackened skin
The top areas that develop frostbite are dogs' paws, ears, and tails. Like humans, the areas furthest from their hearts tend to be at the highest risk. With Wagmo pet health insurance, you can take them to the vet without worrying about the cost. Wagmo has your back.
Keep On A Leash During Snowstorms
During a blizzard, the last thing you need is your dog running off chasing a snow hare. It is best to keep them on a leash for pet safety if you decide to brave a snowstorm. It's never fun to lose your dog in the white blanket of snow falling from the sky. Keeping your dog on a leash also helps ensure they can't get hurt from something a layer of snow could be hiding, like a barely frozen pond. Dog health insurance can help cover emergency care, but it's always best not to visit the pet emergency room at all.
Sign Up For Dog Health Insurance
Wagmo pet insurance can be there for you in the case something happens this winter, whether it's a doggy cold, frostbite, hypothermia, or an injury from slipping on the ice. Wagmo pet insurance helps give pet owners who live in the snowier, colder parts of the country have peace of mind that their best friend will be protected in harsh winter conditions. Learn more about dog health insurance today and get your free quote!