If your dog is smaller, short-haired, short-legged or getting on in doggy years, they may need a little extra insulation against the cold and damp. A cozy dog coat can make a big difference if your pup isn't too fussy about wearing it. If you have a long-haired dog, do not shave them during the colder, wetter months. Keep their natural coat long and clean.
When the wet weather turns to ice and snow, your pup pal may need some help protecting their sensitive paws. The cold can cause dry, cracked and irritated footpads. Road salt and antifreeze are toxic and can make the problem worse. There are many sizes and styles of doggy boots to suit your dog's particular sensibilities.
Curl up and get cozy
Cold, wet weather can cause your pup to suffer from itchy, flaky skin. As soon as you return home to your warm and cozy apartment, it's time to get them warm and dry. Towel them off and don't forget to dry off their footpads. Let them curl up in their waterproof doggy bed and keep the bed away from any drafts.
Skip the bath
When you get home from a cold, wet walk, you may feel like soaking in a hot bath. This may be great for you, but you may want to let your dog skip bathtime. Bathing your dog too often can remove natural oils from their skin and exacerbate the itchy, flaky issues. If your pup gets a bit too pungent, ask your vet to recommend a shampoo that will be good for their skin.
Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia
Dogs and humans are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. If your dog is shivering, taking shallow breaths, is lethargic or has a weak pulse, they may be suffering from hypothermia. Signs of frostbite include discoloured skin, swelling and/or blisters. If you notice any of these symptoms, get your dog warm and dry immediately and contact your vet.
We hope these tips for how to protect your put on cold and rainy days help everyone stay happy, healthy and comfy this fall.