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Winter brings with it low temperatures and weather conditions that can affect us as well as our furry friends. While many dog ​​owners worry about their pets in cold weather, the question of whether a dog can get frostbite seems entirely appropriate.

Frostbite is damage to the skin and tissues due to exposure to low temperatures. However, dogs are generally well-adapted to cold weather due to their fur and subcutaneous fat, which act as insulation. However, there are situations in which dogs may be at risk of frostbite:

1. Low temperatures combined with wind:

Strong winds can accelerate heat loss in a dog, increasing the chance of frostbite. Special attention should be paid to areas with thin hair such as ears, paws and tail.

2. Prolonged exposure to a cold surface:

If a dog stands or lies for a long time on a cold surface, such as snow or ice, it can cause frostbite on those parts of the body that are directly exposed to the cold.

3. Humid conditions:

Cold combined with humidity increases the risk of frostbite. Wet fur does not provide good insulation, so it is important to keep your dog dry in cold conditions.

How to prevent frostbite in a dog?

  1. Limit time in the cold: Do not leave your dog outside in very cold weather for long periods of time. Take him for short walks regularly and provide shelter from the wind. If possible, keep it with you in a warm place in your apartment or house.
  2. Use dog clothes: In extremely cold conditions, using dog clothes such as coats or sweaters can help keep them warm and prevent frostbite.
  3. Dry dog's living space: Make sure the dog's living space is dry and warm. Use adequate insulation and a bed that provides warmth.
  4. Check the dog's coat: Regularly check that the dog's coat is dry and clean. Wet hair loses its insulating properties.
  5. Regular warming of the ears: The ears are an area that can be more exposed to the cold. In extremely cold conditions, consider a form of protection.

Although frostbite is less common in dogs than in humans, it is important to monitor the weather and your dog and take action if you notice any signs of discomfort or injury from the cold. With careful attention and care, you can ensure that your furry friend will be happy and healthy even in the colder months. But he will certainly be happiest together with you in the warmth...

How to protect paws from salt and micro damage?

Loving Paw hemp balm with added clay for healthy noses, skin and paws maintains health and natural balance. It successfully helps with seasonal allergies. The clay will have an antibacterial effect on the paws, which is especially important for the health of your puppy or kitten. It can be used for a range of problems such as dry, irritated and sensitive skin on paws, noses or on the skin itself.

By LovingPaw


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