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How To Help Your Small Breed Dog In Winter

Updated: Feb 22

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Top Tips for Navigating Winter with Your Dog

In the realm of winter's cold embrace, even our furry family members need special care to stay cosy and content.

Our team of expert Dog Nannies is here to offer some invaluable advice for ensuring your small breed dogs remain comfortable during chilly winter times.

Here are some essential tips for your delightful dog's well-being, brought to you by Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding.

Understanding Your Dog's Cold Tolerance

Just as every snowflake has its own pattern, every dog has its unique tolerance to cold.

While breeds like Huskies revel in frosty climates, those with thin coats or no fur require extra consideration.

Should you spot signs like shivering, anxiety, whining, or slower movements, it's time to bring them indoors.

Keep watchful eyes for paw-lifting, a potential signal of discomfort.

Bear in mind, in severe cold snaps, dogs can face risks like hypothermia and frostbite. When in doubt, consult your vet for expert dog health guidance.

Sweater Weather for Canine Comfort

Why should humans have all the sweater fun? Our furry friends can rock winter wear too, particularly beneficial for smaller breeds.

Check out the recommendations on dog accessories provided by Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding for top-notch options to keep your beloved companion warm.

Moderate Walkies and Consider Day Care

Exercise is essential year-round, including winter.

However, during chilly spells, shorter and more frequent walks might be in order.

If you're seeking an optimal solution, consider safe and secure doggy day care facilities. Your furry family member can enjoy a cosy environment regardless of the season.

Guard Against Toxins

The wintery terrain can harbour hazards like antifreeze, road salt, and rodent poisons, which are perilous for small breed dogs.

Even if you steer clear of these products, it's wise to stay informed.

After outdoor strolls, give your pup's paws a thorough towel dry to minimise the risk of chemical contact.

How can I protect my small breed dog from the cold during winter walks?

To protect your small breed dog from the cold during winter walks, consider letting your dog's fur grow longer for added protection.

In colder months, your dog might need to wear a coat if they have short hair.

Make sure your dog is visible to onlookers by wearing a coat with reflective elements that increase visibility or by attaching a flashing collar or light on your dog.

After a walk, always wipe down your dog's legs, feet, and tummy since road grime and moisture from snow or rain might irritate their skin.

What kind of clothing or gear might my small breed dog need in the winter?

Depending on your dog's breed and size, they may need a warm coat or sweater to help them stay warm in the winter.

Boots or booties can also be helpful to protect their paws from snow or freezing concrete.

If you're walking in the dark, consider using a coat with high-visibility reflective features or a flashing collar or light attachment.

How does the winter weather affect my small breed dog's health and behaviour?

Winter weather can affect your small breed dog's health and behaviour in several ways.

Dogs may sleep more, be less willing to play or be active, have appetite changes, and even become more aggressive or irritable.

Some dogs may also experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which can cause symptoms such as lethargy, decreased activity, and seeming "down" or sad.

What precautions should I take when walking my small breed dog in snowy or icy conditions?

Keep your tiny dog on a lead while taking them for walks in snowy or icy conditions to prevent them from falling and injuring themselves.

Make sure your dog is microchipped, wearing a collar, and has an ID tag on it.

Wipe your dog's legs, feet, and stomach after a walk to remove any grit from the roads and dampness from the snow.

Avoid letting your dog walk on frozen ponds, as the ice may not be thick enough to take their weight.

How can I keep my small breed dog active and engaged during the winter months when we might be spending more time indoors?

There are many ways to keep your small breed dog active and engaged during winter.

Indoor sports such as tug of war and hide-and-seek are available.

You can also use treat-dispensing toys, snuffle mats, and interactive puzzle toys to stimulate your pup mentally.

If your dog enjoys socialising, consider arranging playdates with other dogs. Working on a new trick together can also mentally and physically challenge your dog.

In the tapestry of cold-weather care,

Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding stands as a beacon of comfort and safety.

With a commitment to Small Dog Breeds, Toy Dog Breeds, VIP treatment, and 5-star excellence, our Cheshire-based haven ensures your cherished furry family member's warmth and happiness.

When dogs are family, trust Mary Puppins for unparalleled dog boarding, offering a lavish boutique animal hotel experience under the watchful eyes of expert Dog Nannies.

Embrace the spirit of luxury and love, because every dog, whether small or large, is worthy of the finest care.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. For specific veterinary dog health advice, contact a veterinary pet healthcare provider

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Kate Phillips, Chief Editor

BSc (Hons), MSc

Kate is the UK's very own Mary Puppins, a professional Dog Nanny and expert in small breed dogs. With over 30 years' experience and successfully helping high profile celebrity pet parents raise their furry families, Kate shares her top tips with you. Kate guides readers on small breed dogs, dog health, dog training, dog nutrition, dog food, dog walks, dog accessories, dog enrichment, rescue dogs, dog behaviour, dog grooming and the best products for dog mums and dog dads to create the ultimate luxury lifestyle for their small dogs.



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