Tips to Keep Your Rescue Dogs BC Warm in the Winter
During the winter there are a lot of threats to your dog’s health and safety. Keep them warm and together with these quick tips. Fortunately, for Indy’s sake, he is a Samoyed dog breed and he loves the cold, he is so geared towards the cold that he could live and sleep outside daily, as long as he has plenty of interaction with a loving family. However, today let’s discuss some things you can do to keep your rescue dogs bc warm that don’t necessarily love the cold as much as my Samoyed puppy dog, Indy.
Acclimate your dog to the weather by stimulating fur growth! Wow, look at that hair grow! Your dog’s natural instincts will grow thicker fur or hair in the colder months and he might shed or lighten his coat in the summer months, birthing the terms ‘winter coat’ cats do the same.
Give your dog your sweaters. Even the good ones, they’d love to look fresh while they feel cool. Make sure they are warm if they don’t have enough fur. You’ll know because they will be happy. Sweaters, I have seen with my own eyes do wonders for dogs in keeping them warm, especially smaller rescue dogs bc. When I see rescue dogs come to Canada from warmer clients like for example, the streets of Mexico, a sweater is very welcome to a dog like that as a climate shift is quite a shock to them. I think all dogs will benefit from a sweater, but smaller dogs, who have a harder time regulating themselves and their body heat will benefit more so.
Protect their paws! Their paws are like our hands, which get really cold even with furry mittens. Consider booties for your pup, maybe not, but maybe. Canadian dog breeds like samoyeds might not need booties in the winter unless it is really frigid like -40c or worse, even then they might be ok without. But other breeds who aren’t snow dogs will need booties when it gets around the -10C mark for sure. Indy would need some booties on a very hot day with hot asphalt.
Feed your dog different things at different times to promote internal heat. If they eat, they’ll have more fuel to burn and more fire in their bellies. This will save them. Feeding Indy nutrient dense food 3 times a day including raw food, and food I make myself, like chicken, beef, vegetables and low sodium beef stock helps keep him strong.
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