Keep Your Pup Safe in Cold Weather

By Jenn Schleich

Winston1   Winston2

We have a sad St. Bernard in our house.

We had mishap on Monday night, sometime around midnight Winston got left outside, by accident, and was discovered around 4:30 a.m. when the baby woke up. It was chilly out there, about -15 °C (that’s 5 °F if you’re American). I feel terrible just remembering it as I write this down. I have never seen him more happy to see me, ever. Nor have I ever seen him so mopey.

St. Bernard’s are not known for their aversion to the cold; they are mountain dogs after all. Some of his favourite pastimes include making snow angels and barking at snowmen. But he’s a short hair, and minus 15 is minus 15. He spent the next hour shivering under the covers with me. I’m not sure if he was more upset over the cold or being left alone outside in the dark for hours. Either way, he’s still mopey.

According to our vet pets are sensitive to severe cold. Just like people, frostbite and hypothermia are concerns and the skin of their paw pads, ears and noses is easily susceptible to damage. Our vet said to keep an eye on his paws and ears for discolouration or flaking/sloughing of the skin which would indicate frostbite.PetTips

The snow is thick and the weather is bitter. Here are 10 simple dos and don’ts:

  1. Know your pet. All pets have different tolerance for cold weather. Dogs with arthritis or diabetes may be more susceptible to the cold, know your pet and have a safe winter…

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