Winter is the coldest season of the year, and when it’s cold, it’s either you’ll enjoy going out for skiing or a bona fide ordeal to suffer. Whatever your stance on wintertime, one concern remains no different for every one of us with our four-legged friends: it’s the time of the year where our pets need a little more care and attention.
1. Keep them in the house
Do not leave your golden retrievers outside for long hours. Be observant to your golden’s body temperature and change his playing time outside. Dogs who stayed longer hours outside during winter season will bear frostbite or hypothermia. Usually, you can notice frostbite on your dog’s ears, tail, and paws. Frostbite signs include colorlessness of the afflicted skin, frigidness and discomfort of the afflicted part when touched. Hypothermia happens when your golden’s temperature drops below the normal temperature and is unable to sustain with the lost heat on his body. Hypothermia signs include paleness of gums, trembling and slow heart rate.
2. Protect their paws
You have to shield your pet’s paw from snowflakes, icy grounds, and salted asphalt surfaces because it can stick to their footpads. When dogs lick their unprotected paws that are covered with ice melts, they can have severe dermatitis and irritation in their digestive tract. You can protect your golden retriever’s paws by applying balm on his pads, or wipe it with warm fabric after walking, or let him wear dog boots.
3. Protect their fur
Golden retrievers have a double long coat that can help them feel warm during cold climate; however, it is still important to keep them protected throughout this season. Not only are those short-haired pooches susceptible to cold weather, but those huge wooly dogs like golden retrievers as well. A winter jacket will help keep your golden warm.
4. Make sure their water in not frozen
Liquids can turn into ice in a matter of minutes during cold weather conditions, and active pets need more energy to keep themselves warm; hence, dogs eat and drink more for this period. Make sure the water dishes of your golden retrievers are not frozen, and cold treats like ice pops may not be cool to eat at all. Cold climate will increase your dog’s urine output which can cause dehydration. So, ensure that your golden retrievers are hydrated and regularly supply them with reachable fresh water.
5. Monitor puppies and seniors dogs
Puppies and senior dogs need to be monitored more often as they may not bear too much coldness. Cold can make senior dog’s joints and limbs tremendously stiff. It can also be challenging to potty train puppies (even adult dogs) during this season because dogs would rather pee or poop inside your house where it is warm rather than go outside where the ground is cold and snowy, and their preferred potty marks on the lawn may already be hidden in the snow.
6. Watch out for antifreeze spills
Antifreeze chemical is horribly dangerous to animals; hence, it should be cleaned instantly in case of a spill.Therefore, it is important to check your car for possible radiator leaks and do not let you dogs wonder in your garage. Dogs find the antifreeze chemical delicious; however, even the tiniest sip could kill them. If you notice that your dog is acting out of the ordinary as if he was drunk or starts to shake up, immediately take him to the vet.
7. Keep them warm
Keep the fire burning in the fireplace to keep the room warm; however, you have to watch your dog and ensure that he doesn’t go near the fireplace as it may burn his tail or other parts of his body. The same applies to the space heater, do not leave your pet unwatched because he can easily topple the heater and could possibly start a fire. We recommend having a protected screen in the fireplace and a safe spot for space heaters if you need to leave your golden retrievers in the room.
Keep in mind that if you are cold, then most likely, your dearly beloved golden retrievers are cold too. The best method to guard your pet during winter months is to watch them diligently and check them regularly if they are cozy and warm.