Happy Holidays from all of us here at Notch Hill Labradoodles! It’s the holiday season and winter is in full swing. Winter outings with your dogs can be fun, but don’t forget to provide special cold-weather protection for your furry family members. Here are some tips you can use to get your Labradoodle through the winter months.
Limit time spent outdoors
Dogs primarily lose heat through their ears and feet. These areas are particularly susceptible to frostbite and cold-related injuries. Puppies and older dogs are more vulnerable to cold weather. Limit outdoor time when temperatures are particularly cold. When it gets down to -12 Celsius, we only take our dogs outside for potty breaks. If you see your dogs whining or shivering, bring them inside immediately.
Never leave your Labradoodle in a car during cold weather
Everyone knows that it’s dangerous to leave your dog in a hot car. However, you may not realize that you also shouldn’t leave your Labradoodle in a car during cold weather. Exposure to freezing temperatures can cause hypothermia. In extreme weather conditions, always keep your dog in a temperature-controlled environment.
Avoid frozen lakes and ponds
Your Labradoodle won’t be able to detect thin ice until it’s too late. Rescuing your dog from freezing waters can be dangerous and difficult. Hypothermia is a life-threatening condition. Furthermore, the ice can cut and injure your Labradoodle’s paws. It’s best to take the safe route and avoid frozen lakes, ponds, and pathways.
Find safe ways to exercise your Labradoodle
Labradoodles need plenty of exercise, even during the winter months. Dogs can lose their scent during a snowstorm, so keep your dog on a leash at all times. Your dog should be properly identified with up-to-date ID tags and/or a microchip. Never walk on slippery roads with narrow shoulders. You don’t want to take any chances with passing cars.
Supervise outdoor playtime
Monitor your dogs during outdoor playtime. Bring them inside for frequent breaks, even when they appear to be having fun. Water should be available at all times. Don’t let your dogs wander into unfamiliar areas when the ground is covered with snow and ice. Hidden holes and ponds can be hazardous to unsuspecting Labradoodles as they frolic through the snow.
Forbid snow snacking
It may seem harmless, but you should discourage your dog from eating snow. In some cases, snow can cause stomach upset. There could also be dangerous hidden objects in the snow.
Offer some extra protection
If your dog will wear clothing, a sweater can provide extra protection from the elements. Look for one with a high collar that covers your Labradoodle from head to tail. You can also see if your dog will wear booties, as they can protect your dog’s feet and prevent slips.
With these tips, you and your Labradoodles can have a safe and happy winter season. We hope you have a delightful Christmas and wonderful New Year. If you have any questions about cold-weather care this season, feel free to get in touch with us.