10 Myths About Dogs And Snow!

   

10 Myths About Dogs & Snow

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Snow can be a ton of fun for your dog but when it comes to snow there are some very important myths we want to dispel.

1.Dogs can’t get frostbite.

A dog can be at risk of frostbite when the temperature drops to 0º C and below if exposed to the cold for too long. The end/tip of the tail, ears, paw pads and toes are the most common areas affected, but dogs and cats can get frostbite on their nose, too.

2. Fur Protects all dogs from the snow.

All dogs are built differently and adapt differently for the snow. For example a Chihuahua and a Siberian husky will adjust differently in colder temperatures.

3. Dog waste dissolves in snow.

The dogs waste will freeze and slow down the biodegradation process.

4. Dogs can’t get dehydrated in the winter if they eat snow.

Dogs can still become dehydrated in the winter months, eating snow provides some water (potentially dirty) but not enough to prevent dehydration. Dogs need to stay properly hydrated all year long.

5.Dogs can get snow off their fur and out of their paws on their own.

Your dog’s skin and fur may already be quite dry as a result of cold weather, if your pup is gnawing or chewing at their paws and tail to get chunks of snow or ice off this can cause damage to an already cold sensitive area

6. A dog’s coat is warm enough.

Not all dogs are built the same, for many it can be extremely cold out there and they should bundle up like we do.

7. Dogs do’t need boots to protect their paws.

Yes the pads on your dogs paws are tougher than our feet this doesn’t mean they can’t get cold. They can also get very dry and cracker which can expose them to salt, antifreeze and other chemicals found on the roads and sidewalks during the winter months. A pair of boots for your dog will keep him or her happy and protected!

8. Dog’s can’t get fleas and ticks in the winter

Although pests such as fleas and ticks are deterred by the cold weather, they can still exist indoors in areas of your home if it is warm enough. Ensure to keep up with flea and tick medications all year round.

9.Snow is safe for dogs to eat.

Would you eat snow? hmmm Maybe…There are many different things that can be found in snow such as dog waste, salt, antifreeze,  garbage and other things that can be potentially harmful to your dog. Eating snow can provide some hydration for your dog but you want to be mindful of where your dog is eating the snow, close to a road or areas that are salted and sanded or areas near garbage bins are definite areas to avoid.

10. Dogs easily adjust to snow.

Some dogs LOVE the snow and historically were made to work in colder temperatures . Other dogs may not adjust so well. Much like extreme heat it is important to take the necessary precautions when it comes to snow and cold weather exposure for your dog.

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