It’s crazy to think that winter is on its way. After all, it only feels like five minutes ago we were taking our pooch on a long walk in the sunshine. But it’s on its way which means we need to get our pet ready for the cold weather. Unfortunately, a lot of people make mistakes when it comes to their pooch in the winter months. Here are some errors pet owners make with their dog in winter, so you can avoid them!

Dog in Snow

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Not taking them for essential exercise

A lot of pet owners reduce the number of walks their dog goes on during the winter months. After all, the last thing you want to do when it’s cold and frosty is head outside with your dog for a long walk. But your pet does require some exercise during the winter months. If they are left at home, they might start showing signs of bad behavior and they might start encountering health issues as they are being inactive. Therefore, get outside and take them for a brisk walk around your neighborhood. If it’s too cold, you could look online for a local indoor dog walk center. As this feature explains, you will sometimes find them at a local doggy daycare location! Or if you are too scared to face the cold weather, you could pay a pet walker to take your pooch out for a walk.

Thinking fleas don’t exist

All of us dog owners know the challenges you face when it comes to fleas. But a lot of people believe that the tiny insects are only around during the summer months. After all, they thrive in the heat. But your dog is still at risk of getting fleas in the winter. However, the good news is that they are less likely to spread with lower humidity levels. Therefore, make sure your pooch has a preventive tablet which will kill the fleas and stop them from making an appearance next summer. Talk to your veterinarian about the best place to buy trifexis and other treatments for your pooch.

Not buying them a warm coat for the outdoors

As much as your pet’s fur coat can keep them warm during winter, they are still at risk for the flu like the rest of us! And they are also in danger of getting frostbite when you take them for a walk in the cold weather. Therefore, it’s so important to make sure they are properly covered. You should buy them a warm coat, hat, and booties to wear when you hit the outdoors. That way, they can keep warm while getting some vital exercise! And remember to give them a warm area to sleep in your home; a kennel will be too cold in the winter months. Purchase a new comfortable bed (you can see some in my previous blog) that will be perfect for keeping them cozy in the winter months.

And remember to be careful when you take your dog for a walk in the winter months. Antifreeze, which leaks from a car’s radiator, is deadly to your pooch. So don’t let them wander too far out of your view if you want to keep them safe in winter!

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