Because the temperatures are low, it’s safe to leave the dog in the car. It’s not safe to leave a dog in the car unattended in hot weather, and it’s not okay in winter either. Some people reason that as long as the motor is on, the dog will not get too cold. However, leaving the motor running can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning which is a big medical emergency in itself. To be safe, just take your dog wherever you are going and if that is not possible arrange for someone to take care of him at home and leave him behind.

Dogs don’t need a lot of water in winter. This is not true. Winter brings with it dry weather and dogs lose a lot of moisture through panting. Provide the dog with clean water by placing bowls of clean water around the house. He should especially have access to a lot of water before and after walks.

You don’t have to pick up after your dog in winter. Usually when you go for walks you carry extra bags and a hand sanitizer to pick up after your dog. This should happen in winter as well. Just because snow will cover up the waste does not mean it will go away. In fact, it will take longer for the waste to breakdown due to the cold weather. It’s courteous to pick up after your dog all year round and it also minimizes spread of disease from one dog to another.

Winter means no exercise for the dog because it’s too cold. This is dangerous because for as long as the dog is eating, he needs exercise too. Otherwise he is going to gain extra pounds that could lead to health problems. Take the dog outdoors for at least 30 minutes for walks or for ice sports. If you are not in a position to go outdoors, find alternatives indoors, such as tracking and agility exercises to keep his body fit and keep his mind occupied.

Winter kills all pests. Winter kills off most other pests but not ticks and fleas. Keep your dog flea and tick infestation check up to date. Ticks and fleas look for warm places to hide in winter, and your pet’s a good bet.

It’s winter. Both human and canine have to keep warm to ward off diseases that come with this weather. As the skies turn from colourful autumn to gloomy winter, here are a few winter myths you need to be prepared for as a dog owner to give your pet maximum care.

Dogs are naturally covered from the cold in by their coats. This myth is not true, even for double-coated dogs that are adapted for the cold weather. Keep your dog indoors as long as possible and only let him out when it’s absolutely necessary. If you own a breed such as Alaskan Malamute and you live in an area where you need your dog for transport, provide your dog with access to clean and unfrozen water at all times to keep him hydrated. For the other dogs that don’t have a double coat, invest in doggie coats and sweaters to cover up if you are going to be outdoors for longer than one hour with the pet.

It is a myth that your dog does not need ice booties when going out for a stroll. Remember most salts used to melt ice are toxic to dogs. Use ice booties to protect the dog from licking these salts off his paws. Alternatively, make sure you rinse his paws after every stroll, which ends up being a lot of work as compared to just putting the booties on. In addition, ice booties don’t just protect your dog from licking toxic salts. They also protect the dog against jutting ice.

If your dog is excited about snow and wants to eat some of it, you should let him. This is a myth. Just because the place where the snow just fell looks sparkling clean does not mean the places is actually clean and safe for the dog. A lot of garbage could be hidden by the fresh snowfall, including toxic ice melting salts, which could lead to an emergency trip to the vet later in the day.

Ice sports are only ideal for large breeds. According to experts, this assumption is wrong. Any breed is ideal for ice sports such as skijoring. If you own a small dog that is dear to you, give him training and train together for the sport you have in mind and go have fun. Training is all he needs to excel in the sport.

The fall season has officially arrived, meaning it’s a time of cool weather, colorful foliage, football and even some snow, if your state is located in a typically frosty part of the country.
Of course, you want your dog to enjoy the newly arrived crisp weather to the fullest, but there are some things to take into account if you want your dog to stay healthy throughout the season. Read on for great tips on how to do just this:

1. It’s Still Tick Season

Ticks are still able to latch onto your pet in the autumn months and even into the winter, past the first frost. Continue your summer routine of frequently checking your pet for ticks, using tick control products, and having your veterinarian test your dog for tick-sourced infections. Minimize exposure to ticks in the fall and winter by getting rid of garden and leaf litter, a natural habitat of ticks.

5 Tips to Helping Your Dog Stay Healthy in Cooler Weather

2. Limit Potential Household Hazards

As your dog spends additional time indoors during these cooler months, make sure all potential dangers linked to the season are in check. Place chemicals and poisons, such as antifreeze and rodent poisons on high shelves when not using the substances. In fact, in the event of a rodent infestation, consider methods of pest control that don’t directly endanger your dog as the direct ingestion of any rodent poison can sicken or kill your canine companion outright.

In regards to the antifreeze, lock your dog out of the garage when using the stuff, which contains ethylene glycol, a sickly-sweet substance that entices animals to lick it up. Also take care to stow away small objects around the house. A bored dog, stuck indoors, might find these interesting and chewable – a deadly scenario since they can pose a choking hazard.

3. Be Cautious of Canine Influenza

With the cooler season officially arrived, and canine immune systems more vulnerable, your dog is at a greater risk of catching canine influenza (CIV) – or dog flu. CIV is highly contagious and is known to spread quickly among dogs that love to interact with other dogs. Two strains of CIV exist in the United States — H3N8 and H3N2 — the latter hailing from Asia, which arrived to the U.S. a few short years ago.

Duly vaccinate your pet for both CIV strains and take care to minimize its contact with other strange dogs at dog parks, groomer locations, and neighborhood sidewalks. Be responsible and speak with your veterinarian to learn more about how to prevent your dog from catching the highly contagious disease.

4. Feed Your Dog More

Colder temperatures outside means your dog is using more energy to stay warm. (After all, dogs tend to wander around the world in the buff.) To compensate for the additional expenditure of energy, feed your dog a little extra food. Food directly generates body heat, meaning that active, outdoorsy dogs will need to consume more food than in the summer. Yet, don’t immediately start dropping more food into your dog’s dish – talk to your veterinarian first, as food needs always vary per dog breed.

5. Watch Out for Killer Mushrooms

Fall can be just as wet as spring in some parts of the country. As a result, mushrooms can spring up in grassy lawns and forest floors during the season. While most mushrooms aren’t toxic to your animal, a small percentage can harm your pet. If you think your dog has scarfed down a toxic mushroom, contact the Animal Poison Control Center for emergency instructions on what to do.

A Last Point

The secret to safeguarding the health of your darling, precious pet is to educate yourself more on what you can do to keep her health at an optimal level. By utilizing he tips above, you’re doing just that, even as the cold weather settles in, and your increasingly cooped up dog is anxious to go outside and do what a dog does best – be curious. Relax — informing yourself is half the battle to keeping your dog safe from cool weather dangers.

-Article from Blog Guest Jessica Brody

Ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oat flour
1 medium sweet potato, cooked & mashed
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. oil
½ cup milk, fat-free

5 Tips to Helping Your Dog Stay Healthy in Cooler Weather

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well until stiff dough is formed.

Onto floured surface, knead dough for 3 minutes.

Shape dough into a log about 1 inch diameter.

Cut into manageable lengths and wrap in plastic wrap.

Chill in the freezer for an hour or until firm. Heat oven to 350°F.

Lightly spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Cut the log into 1/2 inch slices.

Place on greased baking sheet.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until dry.