With winter, snow and freezing temperatures just around the corner for a lot of us, it is very important to know what to do to keep your Corgi snug during the cold season. My dog, and probably a lot of dogs, likes spending time outside in the winter. He loves snowballs, loves running in the snow, and he also likes to eat snow. Toby doesn’t know that winter can be dangerous, but luckily for him I am always there to protect him.
A lot of dog owners keep their dogs indoors, which makes it easier to shelter them from the freezing cold. Keeping them too long outside for playing or walks can harm them. Depending on their coat length, some dogs feel cold quicker than others. Corgis, with their double coat, won’t start shivering as soon as you take them outside; however, if you feel that it is too cold to be outside, don’t allow your Corgi to be outdoors either.
When taking your dog for a walk look out for the rock salt used to melt the ice/snow on the roads and sidewalks. This salt can get stuck on your dog’s paws, and is toxic for the dog, if he licks it off his paws. To prevent any illness caused by salt, such as an inflammation of the digestive tract, you should wipe your dog’s feet with a damp soft cloth, or wash his paws in lukewarm water as soon as you come back inside.
Another thing that you should watch for is the antifreeze. Dogs are attracted by the sweet taste of the antifreeze, but the chemical responsible for this sweet taste (ethylene glycol) is very poisonous for pets, causing death if ingested. This is way you should always clean antifreeze spills immediately, and store the liquid in a tightly sealed container, where your pets can’t reach it.
To make sure that my Corgi is always warm and safe, I keep the walks short and all the play in our backyard, where we don’t use any chemicals. Sometimes, if it’s too cold, I put a sweater on him. I was also thinking of boots for when we go on walks, to prevent salt getting picked up on his paws, but I know my dog, so I know that he won’t approve of boots. However, if your dog has no problem with wearing dog boots, I say go for it, you can never be too careful when it comes to your dog’s well-being.
For outdoor pets, their owners need to take a few extra steps to ensure that the pets stay warm during the winter. Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can cause frostbite or even hypothermia in dogs. First of all, you should provide a dog house for your dog, with a thick bed, and blankets. Then, make sure that he always has water that is not frozen. Also, serve his food and water in non-metal bowls, to make sure that his tongue won’t stick to the bowl. If you have a puppy, a senior or a sick pet it is always best to provide shelter for them indoors when it is frigid outdoors, because they are more sensitive to cold weather.
Winter can be a fun time of year for both you and your pet, but it can also be dangerous for your pet, who depends on you to make the right decisions for him. Now that you know how to safeguard your dog from the winter’s dangers, you can safely enjoy walks and other activities during the cold months. I know my Corgi can hardly wait for the first snow, since winter seems to be his favorite season!