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Bruce’s winter weather tips

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Despite having fur coats, the cold weather can still affect our dog’s.

We caught up with Head of Enrichment Louise to bring you some pawsome top tips for the chill outside!

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Understand your dog’s tolerance to the cold

Understand your dog’s tolerance to the cold

Every dog is different when it comes to their cold weather tolerance. Some breeds like Huskies are built for colder climates whereas dogs with thin coats or even no fur coat will have a much lower tolerance to the cold.

When it’s cold outside, always keep a close eye on your dog and if you notice signs of shivering, anxiousness, whining, slower movements or your dog holding up their paw it’s time to head inside.

It’s important to be aware that in extreme cold weather conditions dogs are at greater risk of getting hypothermia and/or frostbite.  You should seek your vets advice should you have any concerns.

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Sweater weather

Sweater weather

Dogs can wear a winter coat too and they can be very helpful during the cold weather especially for smaller dogs.

Check out our top recommendations on Bruce’s best dogwear!

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Shorter walkies

Shorter walkies

It’s important to exercise your dog all year round, even in cold weather conditions.

However it can be a good idea to keep walks short and frequent during cold weather conditions.

Winter can be a great time to consider day care for your dog. Bruce’s provides a safe and secure facility for your dog to enjoy all year round.

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Be aware of toxic products

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Be aware of toxic products

Antifreeze, road salt and rodent poisons are all common cold weather poisons for dogs.

Even if you don’t use them yourself it is good to be aware of them as dogs could come into contact with these products when out on their walk.

A good tip is to always give your dogs paws a good dry down with a towel when you arrive home from a walk to ensure they have not picked up any chemicals along the way.

 

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