winter dogsWinter can be a dangerous time for pets. There are a lot of unseen dangers and misunderstood thing about pets that can put them in harms way unintentionally. Let’s debunk these myths so our pups stay warm and safe this winter.

Myth 1: Fleas don’t come in the winter.

Albuquerque does not get cold enough to ever be free of fleas. We have fleas year round. Do not stop your Frontline Flea and Tick prevention treatment, you will be making your pet vulnerable to a flea infestation.

Myth 2: My dog doesn’t need a sweater

Sweaters are not just for fashion, most dogs need an extra layer of warmth to ward off the cold. Some arctic breeds such as huskies and malamutes have thick undercoats designed to keep them warmer in winter months, but short hair breeds get really cold in the winter. Sweaters are a good idea to help keep your dog warmer, but booties are a good idea as well. Booties keep their feet warm and protected from ice and salt.

Myth 3: Dehydration is a Summer Issue

Your dog can get dehydrated any time of year, and it is never any less dangerous. Often dogs get dehydrated in the winter because their water is too cold to drink or it is frozen. Make sure your dog has access to warm fresh water at all times.

Myth 4: My Dog Doesn’t Need to Be Dried Off

Water on your dogs skin takes away their natural body head. It will helps prevent them from being able to heat themselves up when they get cold. This can lead to them getting sick, or getting hypothermia. Using jackets for your dog during wet cold weather can help keep them dryer when they are outside. But if they do get wet, make sure to dry them off with a warm towel. If their body temperature drops a lot, you can warm them up with a warm bath and then dry them off when done.

Myth 5: Pets Store Fat to Keep Warm

We all like to think we fatten up in the winter to keep warm. The real reason most of us fatten up is because we eat the same but get less exercise. This is true of pets too. If your pet lives outdoors, you need to increase their food by 10-15% because they are burning more calories just trying to stay warm, while indoor pets can have their food reduced because the are burning fewer calories because they aren’t exercising as much.