K9 Tip o’ the Day: Keep Your Senior Pooch Safe From the Cold!
It’s easy for us human-folk to forget that dogs, especially older ones, are just as affected by the cold as we are.
Yes, many of them do have those bushy, built-in fur coats, but that doesn’t mean they still don’t need a little help from us to help keep them as healthy and comfortable as possible in the cold. Here are some cold weather tips I found on weather.com:
Be particularly gentle with elderly and arthritic pets during the winter. The cold can leave their joints extremely stiff and tender, and they may become more awkward than usual. Stay directly below these pets when they are climbing stairs or jumping onto furniture; consider modifying their environment to make it easier for them to get around. Make sure they have a thick, soft bed in a warm room for the chilly nights. Also, watch stiff and arthritic pets if you walk them outside; a bad slip on the ice could be very painful and cause a significant injury.
Our little pooch Pom Pom is 11 years old, and definitely has issues with stiffness in cold weather. We try to keep her as warm as possible in the house, keep walks outside short, and pick her up whenever she wants up on the couch–luckily, she’s learned to paw at the couch to let us know whenever she wants up.