Attention to unsuspecting tutors: the cold of renouncing cusco is already showing its effects . If the sneeze-sneeze session for your pet was not new, the chances of your pet becoming ill due to the temperature drop have multiplied since that last weekend.
Believing that their fur protects them from the cold, many people make a bad mistake, thinking that their pet will spend a peaceful winter and leave aside important care for this time of year. Contrary to popular belief, hair is not enough, but the layer of fat your pet has accumulated under the skin is what really provides protection against the cold .
What if he is one of those dogs that has no hair, like a Dachshund?
There it was even more complicated if, when pinching the skin of the back of your pet, you notice that the layer of pinched fat is very tenuous, the same that must be reinforced, via food, in the winter months.
A veterinarian helps you to know how much more fat would be interesting for your pet , but be aware that a medium-sized dog would be approximately one finger thick to help maintain body temperature. In search of this so precious extra layer, it is recommended to increase the amount of food in the winter – especially guard dogs and those who stay out of the house – by around 15%.
Some animals find it easy to gain weight, such as Goldens Retrievers, Labradors, Schnauzers and Rotweillers. Of the small breeds, Lhasa Apso, Yorshires and Pugs are also effective, but do not expect the same performance from a puppy even from breeds prone to obesity. They, like elderly animals and those with low hair, are the most likely to develop typical winter illnesses and even pneumonia.
These pets, if they cannot stay indoors, need a suitable little house , without cracks, protected from the rain, well heated with a rug or blanket and with the door facing to a side where it does not receive winds. Sometimes, however, all these precautions are still not enough, and your pet needs to wear clothes. Prioritize the fabric (knit or wool) and forget accessories that impair comfort (belts, buckles and hood). The clothing should also not be too tight, but not loose enough to prevent contact with the animal’s body.
And how to know if your pet is cold?
If you are jumping on the street and wearing gloves, don’t think that the thermal sensation is different for your pet. Shaking hits are the most obvious sign, but you should also be aware of the pet that “hides” or that is all wrapped up in itself. Cold ends are also not good. Sneezing, even though it is an evidence of allergy, is a sign that should never be neglected and it is already interesting to go looking for a clothes (always made of warm fabric) that covers the entire chest and back of your pet.
And don’t think that putting the geek in the cold will get him used to low temperatures. This practice makes your dog suffer the consequences of hypothermia, a situation that borders on gravity and that means half way to a veterinary clinic.
Do not subject your guard dog to the scourge of the cold and, whenever possible, allow your pet easy access, in the house or in the courtyard of the residence, to the area that receives direct sunlight during the day, either in the kitchen, in a corner of the room or on the garden grass. It is a small care but, like humans, it also brings great comfort to your pet and helps to stabilize body temperature.