Long Boots! Fur Coats! Leather Jackets! Waterproof Gloves! Woolen Socks! And the Cashmere Scarves! If you are getting familiar with all these things these days, it means, that winter is around and you are getting prepared to face it. But wait, have you prepared your dogs’ gear to face the extreme winter, especially, the snowfall and chilling winds. Well, here the question arises that do dogs really need to be packed and pampered in winter just like humans? Also, there have been lots of misconceptions and myths circulating about dogs and winter that should be taken care of.
So, we have tried to collect the greatest myths and misconceptions associated with dogs and winters. Let’s find them below.
Top 7 Misconceptions and Myths About Dogs and Winter
Let’s start with the first one that is the most important for your dog’s life. And yes, once you read these myths, don’t forget to share them with your friends that have dogs.
You Can Leave Your Dog Alone in the Car Because it’s not Hot Outside
Well, what if it is too cold outside? Apart from the cold weather, it may be risky for your dog if you decide to leave your dog unattended in your car for a long time. Also, you shouldn’t leave your dog in the car with motor running and heater on, as it may generate Carbon Monoxide that is like a poison for your dog.
Exercising Your Dog is Not Necessary
Exercise is a Must and missing your dog’s daily exercise can lead to a serious behavioral problem such as excessive barking, tail chasing, or destructive chewing. So, if the weather is too cold and there is lots of snow outside, you can exercise your puppy indoor. Play tug-of-war, indoor fetch, and other interactive games.
Fur Protects Dogs from Cold
Yes, it is true but for certain breeds such as a Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, or the Japanese royal breed; Akita. But one thing, whatever breed it is, your dog can still suffer from Hypothermia or Frostbite. So, it should not be ignored and you should get dog boots, jackets, or coats for your dogs.
Snow Kills Fleas and Ticks so Your Dog Won’t Get Them in Winter
Well, fleas and ticks try to seek shelter in warm places in winter, most likely in your house. That means, there is a chance that your furbaby may get fleas and ticks at any time of the year regardless of the weather. So, go for routine checkups and medication or get ready for an itchy dog that is harmful to them.
Dogs Can Eat Snow and its Safe for Them
No, they shouldn’t eat snow because it isn’t safe for them. You must have an idea that the snow blanket hides everything such as garbage and animal waste, and most likely, chemicals too. Do we need to explain the dangers of eating garbage, animal waste, and chemicals? So, there is a big NO.
Dog’s Poop Vanishes in Snow
If you think that the dog’s poop melts away with the snow then you are wrong. It will stay there until the snow melts because the biodegradation process slows down in the cold. So, always pick up your pup’s poop or other dogs may eat it while eating snow and gets ill.
Dogs Can Get Rid of Snow From Their Fur on Their Own
After a walk and playful activities in the snow, the dogs are usually covered in heavy or light flakes snow. It may look harmless but it isn’t. Sometimes, when even you towel off this snow, still little flakes of snow gets stuck in the fur and your dog tries to lick it out which is not a good practice. Firstly, the snow may have chemicals and salts that are harmful to the dogs, and secondly, excessive linking can damage the skin. So, you are recommended to spend some extra time to clean out your dog’s fur.
So, these were the 7 top misconceptions and myths about the dogs and winter. Take good care of your dog this winter season and don’t forget to provide shelter to stray or abandoned dogs which may suffer a lot out in the snow if not taken care of.
Do you know any other myth? Share it with us below.