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Do Dogs Like Snow?

Published on December 2, 2010 by   ·   No Comments
Is it snowing where you are in the world right now? Well, I'm guessing if you're reading this in Brisbane, Hawaii or Jordan, the chances of you being up to your waist in the white powdery stuff is pretty slim. But the UK is currently experiencing snow levels that have brutally brought many areas of the country to a complete stand still. Yes, people ARE panic buying milk. Yes, people have emptied the supermarket shelves of Weetabix and Pop Tarts. Yes, people are dressing as if they're about to undertake a 12 month Arctic expedition rather than a trip to Safeway…the UK is used to snow, we get it most years, yet every year it catches us out to the point where our infrastructure appears to collapse at the mere sight of sledging weather. Any way, on to the question – do dogs like snow?

The PDSA has, very sensibly, offered up some tips for pet owners and how best to protect animals in the cold weather. Here they are.

With the UK suffering from the coldest November on record and with more heavy snow predicted, leading vet charity PDSA is urging all pet owners to protect their four-legged friends. “It’s easy for us to wrap up to keep warm,” says PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Sean Wensley, “but it’s not as simple for our pets. Despite their fur coats, they are not immune to the cold weather and can easily develop hypothermia and frostbite.”

Frostbite occurs when animals are exposed to freezing temperatures and cold wind. It typically affects the feet, tail and ears, and strikes when the body diverts blood to the vital internal organs, causing ice crystals to form and tissue to die. Affected skin will first appear pale or grey and will feel cold to the touch. In severe cases the skin will turn black.
Hypothermia (low body temperature) can take hold rapidly and can be fatal if not treated urgently. As with humans, shivering is the first sign that a pet is cold, but this can stop if the body temperature drops too low. Pets can then become confused and subdued with pale or blue gums, and their breathing may become slow, shallow or irregular.

Sean continues: “If you suspect your pet is suffering from hypothermia, make sure they are dry, then gradually raise their body temperature by placing them next to a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel, or by using a hair dryer on a low heat. Hypothermia can be fatal so don’t ignore potential signs and call your vet for further advice immediately.”
PDSA’s winter safety advice:

Cats and dogs · Dogs with fine hair and less natural protection (such as greyhounds) are more susceptible to the cold and should wear a suitable dog coat.
 * Don’t leave cats and dogs outside without access to shelter and warmth.
· Never leave animals in cars or unheated conservatories and caravans, as the temperature can drop rapidly causing hypothermia. · Ensure your pet does not lie on frozen ground for a prolonged period. · Dogs that are very old or young, or those that are unwell, are less able to regulate their body temperature. They should not be outside in the cold for long periods.
 * It is often a good idea to keep cats indoors during the dark winter nights, particularly if you live near a busy road. * Take your dog on shorter walks more often. If they get wet during cold weather, towel them dry as soon as you get home. * Protect your pet’s feet from ice, grit and salt by keeping the hair between their toes trimmed, and dry their feet after they’ve been outside. Special boots are available for dogs with particularly sensitive feet. * Be wary of icy river banks and frozen ponds, as dogs can easily fall in.

So, let's say this in answering the question on whether dogs like snow….if you can keep them warm and offer them a dry place to shelter, it would appear that they do. Well, that's if THIS dog is anything to go by……..

Source: DogMagazine.net – the K9 Magazine blog

Do Dogs Like Snow?

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