How To Keep Your Chihuahua Healthy In Winter: Tips For Keeping Your Dog Healthy In The Cold
Winter is a dangerous time for your Chihuahua, and it is easy to forget about your dog’s health in the cold. Winter is a time when many dog owners forget about their dogs’ health, and end up taking their dogs outside in the cold, where they can develop cold-related health problems from exposure to the cold. Keep your dog indoors (or in a heated area) when it is colder than 50° F. Give your dog a warm bed (under a blanket) and a warm water bowl. Keep your dog’s nails clipped to prevent them from picking up colds and infections.
Winter is cold and your dog is small
Here are some things you can do to keep your Chihuahua healthy in the winter. Always have a warm bed. When it is cold outside, a warm bed with a blanket will be much more comforting. Give your dog a warm water bowl. Keeping your dog hydrated will prevent them from over-heating. Always provide food that your dog will eat. Any dog food that isn’t wet and warm will likely be rejected. Dogs have different nutritional needs depending on the season and they need to be sure they are eating a dog food that is appropriate for the weather. If your dog isn’t eating, or if he starts to lose weight, bring him to the vet for a visit. Let your dog stay inside at night. If your dog sleeps outside, he may develop a “paw warmer,” an infected paw with a runny nose, lethargy, and/or depression.
Don’t let your dog play outside
Like humans, dogs are unable to regulate their body temperature and require to be kept warm in winter. That being said, playing outside is not always a good idea for your dog. It is important to keep your dog’s paws and toes protected from the cold. For dogs who have a hypoallergenic coat or who shed less than other breeds, such as the Chihuahua, the tendency to lick and bare their teeth can get them in trouble. Why does Chihuahua’s have a short coat? The Chihuahua’s coat is bred to keep heat in their body, to provide them with a good base of insulation. The Shih-tzu’s coat traps heat, but less so than the Chihuahua. “We really just wanted a breed that could hunt and that is generally a working dog,” Brandy Buchanan, who owns Chihuahua Chica, said to Eau Claire, Wisconsin’s WQOW.
Check that your dog is not suffering from hypothermia
Hypothermia is a medical condition that can be caused by exposure to cold temperatures or prolonged periods of exposure to cold weather. In most cases, hypothermia is caused by too much exposure to cold temperatures, but it can also be caused by a medical condition. Cold exposure can lead to hypothermia if the dog remains outside in the cold, even if the dog has been brought in by someone. A dog that remains outside in the cold will cool down very quickly, so if you suspect your dog is hypothermic, call your veterinarian and take it to a veterinarian immediately. Hypothermia symptoms include shivering, pale gums, heavy breathing, and difficulty moving limbs. Your dog will most likely show signs of hypothermia within a few hours.
Give your dog a warm bed (under a blanket)
Keeping your Chihuahua warm is crucial to avoid cold-related health problems. Keep your dog in a warm room, like your home, by giving them a warm bed, or a warm water bowl to drink from. Keep your Chihuahua’s paws and ears warm with fur covered booties. In this picture, Harley is having a nice hot drink. If he were to stand, his toes would freeze. Give your Chihuahua a warm water bowl If you have to leave your dog outside in the cold, keep them in a heated area. Keep the dog’s water bowl covered to prevent rain and snow from soaking it. Harley is relaxing with his dog bed in front of his heated water bowl. He loves it outside, but it isn’t so nice if he does. He could catch a cold, or get snowed on, if he stays out too long.
Give your dog a warm water bowl
On the coldest nights, you may need to give your dog a warm water bowl. This is particularly important during the day, when it can be difficult to get a warm water bowl to your dog quickly enough. Ice on or around your dog’s feet can be dangerous Ice can get inside of your dog’s paws, causing them to swell. Frozen paws can be extremely painful and cause your dog to walk very oddly. If your dog has ice cubes or frozen water on the pads of their feet, try to remove the ice immediately. However, if your dog does not want to go outside, then this ice should melt off within a few hours. Warm-up When your dog’s feet start to become frozen, warm them up before taking your dog outside. Apply a soft cloth towel or sock to your dog’s paws, and let your dog get used to it rubbing on their paws.
Give your dog a dry place to sleep
Hot or steamy homes can make your dog’s dry skin and coat feel uncomfortable, so bring your dog inside when it is cold. Bring your dog inside a heated dog house or give them a sleeping bag or the bed of your pickup truck to sleep in. When your dog is outside during the day, give them plenty of exercise and snowshoe or run them if it is possible. Keep your dog hydrated with an entire bowl of water when it is cold outside. Some dogs have issues drinking ice water, so dilute it with hot water. If your dog doesn’t drink enough water, try giving them an oral care supplement with warm water.