2. Provide fresh water. Ensure that dogs living outdoors have access to plenty of clean water. In cold weather, it may be necessary to keep the water from freezing.
3. Prevent frostbite. When temperatures drop to freezing, dogs left outdoors overnight are at risk of developing frostbite. Provide your dog with a warm indoor environment, along with a cozy bed and cushion, and minimize their exposure to the cold.
4. Keep the body dry. When bathing your dog in winter, make sure to thoroughly dry them afterward. Avoid playing on icy surfaces, especially if the ice is not solid. Additionally, avoid using metal dog chains for outdoor walks in winter.
5. Protect your dog's paws. Snow and ice often contain calcium chloride salt, which can stick to a dog's paws during walks. When dogs lick their paws, they can ingest this salt, leading to vomiting and diarrhea. After outdoor walks in snowy or icy conditions, clean your dog's paws thoroughly.
6. Prevent burns. Winter is a peak season for fires. Be vigilant about your heating appliances, especially coal-burning stoves. Keep them in areas your dog cannot access, as dogs are naturally curious and may investigate these unfamiliar objects.
7. Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. If you use coal heating, be cautious about nighttime carbon monoxide poisoning. Dogs are more sensitive to carbon monoxide than humans, so ensure proper ventilation.
8. Timing for dog walks. In winter, there can be significant temperature fluctuations between day and night. It's advisable to take your dog for walks later in the morning when the ground has had a chance to warm up with the rising sun. If you must walk your dog at night, consider using Croc Lights, a versatile outdoor light that not only provides ample illumination but also features an SOS alert function, significantly improving safety during nighttime walks.
9. Safely store antifreeze. Store your car's antifreeze safely, away from your dog's reach. It's recommended to choose antifreeze that does not contain ethylene glycol, as it has a sweet and enticing taste to dogs, and even a small amount can be toxic.
10. Honk your horn before driving. During winter, stray cats and dogs often seek warmth under cars, near the engine. There have been accidents involving animals being run over when cars are started. Before driving, honk your horn to ensure there are no sleeping animals underneath.