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Recipe: Homemade Dog Food for Renal Disease

Renal disease in dogs is a very serious condition that warrants a trip to the vet as soon as possible. If you think that you can do research and treat your pet with a commercial diet formulated for kidney disease and a few over-the-counter remedies, you are very wrong! Your vet will discuss treatments and diets with you, but this homemade dog food for renal disease may be a good place to start.

The kidneys help to filter out waste from the body by excreting it as urine. They also aid in maintaining normal concentrations of salt and water in the body. Kidneys help in controlling calcium metabolism and blood pressure, as well. They also assist the body in sustaining phosphorous levels.

Obviously, if your dog’s kidneys are failing it is a major problem!

Signs of kidney disease in dogs include, but are not limited to:

  • increased water intake
  • increased urine output
  • decreased urine output
  • secreting urine while sleeping
  • blood in the urine
  • decrease in appetite
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • unexplained weight loss
  • hunched over posture

If your dog has been diagnosed with kidney disease, then you know that diet is a large part of the treatment regiment. Variables like your dog’s age, weight, activity level, and the stage of his kidney disease will all be factors in the type of diet that he will need.

You NEED to consult with a vet or canine nutritionist before switching your dog to a kidney-friendly diet. The professional that you work with will likely recommend either a low protein homemade dog food diet or some low protein dog food brands that have lower levels of phosphorus and are made with high quality proteins.

When a dog digests protein, there is nitrogen left behind, and kidneys work to filter out the nitrogen. This is why low protein food is best for dogs with renal disease. Just remember that the amount of protein to include in your dog’s food will vary depending on the stage of his kidney failure.

Homemade Dog Food for Renal Disease Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup boiled chicken (chopped)
  • 1 hardboiled egg (mashed)
  • 2 tbsp. plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 cup steamed carrots
  • 1/4 cup steamed green beans

Directions

This is a very simple recipe to make. After you prepare all of the ingredients and allow them to cool, combine them in a large mixing bowl. It’s really that simple. Just be sure to chop the ingredients into pieces that are appropriately sized for your dog.

I recommend feeding about 1/2 cup of food for every 20-25 pounds of body weight. This is just a guideline. Some dogs, like working dogs and very active breeds, will need more calories than this. Lazier pets and senior dogs may not need as many.

It’s best to consult your veterinarian about the appropriate serving size for you dog. They will also help you evaluate this homemade dog food for renal disease to make sure it will meet your dog’s unique nutritional needs. If necessary, they will assist you in choosing the best supplements and/or multivitamins to add.

You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can also prepare this food in bulk and store leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Originally published at topdogtips.com

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COVID-19 questions confronting pet food, other businesses

As pets all over the world have increasingly become full-fledged members of their families, the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting them, too. While we all hunker down at home to help stop the spread of the virus, our pets are providing much-needed comfort, and I imagine they’re happy to have their people around more.

Though completely oblivious to what’s happening in the outside world, my cat, Deacon, is aware of and seemingly content with our suddenly full house. I normally work from home, but with all business travel currently canceled, I’m now here all the time; and I’m joined by my husband working from home for the time being and our daughter abruptly returned from her service in the Peace Corps. Instead of one house buddy all day long, Deacon now has three, and that happened overnight!

Which is the new normal in these unprecedented times, with developments in the crisis coming at warp speed. (I realize this situation is not completely unprecedented if you consider the 1918 flu pandemic, but I don’t think most of us were alive then.) I even received an email from our veterinary hospital announcing a new protocol for pets that absolutely need to be treated: When an owner arrives in the parking lot, they are to call the clinic, and a vet technician will come out to get the pet and take it inside.

Prospects for pet food ingredient supply chains?

Kudos to the vet hospital for trying to protect everyone from contagion while still serving its customers. After all, every business needs to figure out how to stay afloat; for pet food companies, that means ensuring that all those pets keeping us company at home still have healthy pet food to eat. With this crisis affecting the entire globe, supply chain disruptions are a concern and likelihood for every industry, including pet food. I’ve read that some human food companies are worried about food shortages due to lack of farm workers to pick or process crops, livestock and other foodstuffs. How might that affect pet food ingredient supplies?

And what about other ingredients needing to move across borders, as more and more countries and regions close theirs? I know governments are trying to keep trade flowing, but if movement of people is being restricted, having fewer workers could affect movement of goods, too. Do picking crops, processing livestock, transporting cargo and goods, and similar work qualify as “essential activities” in places where lockdowns or shelter-in-place orders are in effect?

In the U.S., a coalition of organizations, spearheaded by the American Feed Industry Association, has sent a letter to state governors urging them to consider animal feed businesses, including pet food companies and facilities, as “essential businesses” needing to stay open even during lockdowns. And, with some good news for pet food, the Pet Food Institute announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released additional guidance on March 19 about essential businesses relating to the COVID-19 crisis, and pet food facilities are included.

Can pet foods get to the consumers who need them?

Similarly, another coalition of pet-related organizations has sent an open letter to federal, state and local government officials asking them to include pet stores as part of the “critical infrastructure” that needs to remain open and accessible. For pet food, concerns are arising about finished products getting to consumers, many of whom are turning even more to e-commerce as they stay put at home.

“Online sales have surged 52% from the year-ago period, and the number of online shoppers has increased 8.8% since the outbreak began, according to SaaS platform provider Quantum Metric report,” read a recent article on Yahoo Finance about overall e-commerce sales. It added that during a 10-day period from late January to early February, at the height of the coronavirus outbreak in China, domestic online retailer JD.com experienced 215% year-over-year growth in online grocery sales.

Yet that doesn’t mean manufacturers supplying the products can keep up with the demand. The Yahoo Finance article also noted that retailers like Amazon, Instacart and Walmart offering same-day and next-day delivery services have cautioned about “limited delivery availability” as some shoppers hoard products. Indeed, while Amazon announced recently that it is adding 100,000 workers to ensure shipment of orders, it is also temporarily prioritizing “household staples, medical supplies and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so we can more quickly receive, restock and ship these products to customers,” according to a company blog. Does pet food qualify as a household staple?

And Chewy.com, on which many U.S. pet owners rely for their pets’ food and other necessities, has a notice reading, in part: “Current delivery times are running longer than usual.” I’ve heard anecdotally that people trying to order from the site are finding items out of stock.

Yahoo Finance reported that “44% of retailers expect production delays due to the coronavirus and 40% expect inventory shortages in the near term, per a Digital Commerce 360 survey.” This could affect brick-and-mortar retailers, too, including those offering pet food.

Speaking from personal experience, while stocking up at my local retailers, I noticed that the pet food aisles at Kroger were full of shoppers. I didn’t happen to venture by the same aisles at Walmart, but I did come upon an endcap fully stocked with cat litter. (And yes, I bought a container – we did need it!)

Originally published at petfoodindustry.com

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Top 10 Dog Food FAQ’s

When it comes to the health of our pets, I know nutrition plays an ultimate role. There’s always an extra little gleam in the eyes and it’s easy to see between tail wags and an overall vivaciousness when the food is doing the job. Many pet owners, like myself, have become overwhelmed with the saturation of the pet food industry, especially as it pertains to the health of our animals. This comprehensive list is a great summary of the top 10 most asked dog food questions. You can see by summary we are highly concerned, not only with dog nutrition questions but also with overall dog diet questions and these frequently surveyed topics.

Question 1: What types of dog food are there?

There are a surprising number of options when faced with selecting the best option for feeding our pets quality products. Dogs with health factors in need of hydration or kidney support will need wet foods while those with performance needs or a higher preferred energy level will require raw foods. This question also compares the types of food with whether preservatives, moisture, and benefits all add up to the general cost.

Question 2: What is the best food for my dog?

This is perhaps one of the most frequently asked dog food questions. There are SO many options it can be difficult to wrap our heads around the choices available. The best source for one dog may be the worst for another. The best way to answer this is to determine the age and performance needs of the animal. An active, healthy dog will require a set of nutritional needs vastly different from a senior dog or puppy. Of course, any dog with special medical needs will require an entirely new set of nutritional parameters.

Question 3: What mistakes should I avoid when choosing dog food?

There are many myths that arise when discussing dog diet questions. As an example, not all meat is indicative of high-quality, protein-rich food. Many of us look for meat as a first ingredient or a higher total weight value yet whole meat is about seventy percent water so the true amount of real meat protein is much less than it would seem. Learning the common misconceptions about ingredients and their benefits will help solve these mistakes.

Question 4: How do I read the labels on dog food brands?

This is surprisingly one of the most asked dog food questions because labels can be deceiving and confusing. For example when looking at the ‘crude’ proteins, fats and fiber, understanding what your pets need is a priority. If a dog needs to lose weight, meals should have a high protein content and low-fat content. It seems self-explanatory but then you incorporate the other ingredients, organized by weight and begin to understand why the questions regarding labeling are frequently asked. A great recommendation is to always check for the complete and balanced seal which can be found with the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCCO) for verification.

Question 5: What brands are the best for my dog?

As a pet owner, we don’t want to skimp on the quality of nutrition for our dogs but the temptation to simply purchase the most expensive brand is not idea for the pocketbook. The best marketing doesn’t always equal the best value for food. So many considerations can determine the cost of the food above and beyond the ingredients. Fancy packaging, expensive marketing campaigns and commercial air time all adds up in the final per bag cost of the brand. This doesn’t always mean the pricier the better. Instead, weigh the quality of the ingredients with the dog diet questions you may have already answered to determine your best brand.

Question 6: What keywords do I look for in my dog food?

Pet industry marketers are savvy when it comes to the perfect terminology to pull at our heartstrings. They know we will splurge on the best for our pets and keywords like “premium” or “natural” are enticing yet misleading. Dog food can use the word “natural” while still using synthetic ingredients so long as there is a small claim somewhere on the label. “Premium” or “Holistic” are not legally defined standards of quality and do not mean these foods meet standards any differently than other dog foods.

Question 7: Is a high meat content always good?

I want my dogs to enjoy a good quality protein so I should look for high meats right? Wrong, which makes this another of those top questions on dog food. Meat is defined as striated muscle which lends to many by-products and protein related sources that aren’t necessarily whole meats. Many sources of protein can include using things like tongue, esophagus, blood vessels, stomach and even tissue, bone, hide and feces. Seeking whole meats over “meat meal” is the best solution when seeking quality protein.

Question 8: Does my dog food have quality control?

Surprisingly questions reqarding quality standards is one that is often asked and the answer is no. There are no quality standards for dog food ingredients as there are for human products. Mandatory inspections of pet food companies are not required by law.

Question 9: How do I compare food brands?

Becoming an educated consumer is the best tactic when it comes to dog nutrition questions. There are plenty of consumer affair reviews available to read up on the brands you use. Asking top questions on dog food brand comparison sites is another beneficial way to make a judgement.

Question 10: Does my pet have allergies to certain foods?

Another of the most asked dog nutrition questions relates to food and allergies. Just as humans have reactions to various foods, animals can often come up against harmful ingredients. This occurs when a dog’s immune system mistakenly identifies and creates antibodies to fight the ingredient invading the dog. Most of the signs of pet food allergies can be found online or through a local veterinarian.

This comprehensive list gives us an overall idea of some of the most frequently asked dog food questions we find as it pertains to the most asked dog nutrition questions.

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Tips on Keeping Dog Food Safe

Every aspect of pet safety is scrutinized by pet owners. Some pet owners understandably go to extremes because pets have a different range of safe foods and conditions than humans do, and are simply unable to adapt to their environment like humans are able to. As such pet owners do their best to make sure that their pets are taken care of and have all that they need in order to lead safe and healthy lives. For dogs, this starts with food.

Here are some things I do in order to keep dog food safe for my dog:

Dish. A metal bowl is best because it is easier to clean and does not easily incubate bacteria. Metal bowls are also more durable, meaning that they are less likely to develop cracks and crevices which allow bacteria to grow. Ideally the bowl should not be easily movable in order to minimize mess and splatter made by your dog. The bowl which you buy should be made of stainless steel in order to resist rust and corrosion.

Food and Water Dispensers. Always clean and inspect such on a regular basis. Also note that since some dogs tend to treat such dispenser roughly, these dispensers might develop cracks and tears which are places where bacteria grows especially if neglected over a long period of time. Keeping dog food bacteria free is easy if you use hot soapy water to clean dog food and water dispensers. But always make sure to take care to rinse such dispensers thoroughly so that chemical residue does not enter your dog’s food. Neglected dispensers can create a host of problems if left alone for a long period of time.

Storage Bins and Humidity. If you feed your dog with canned food this is not a concern, although you should not allow your dog to eat directly from cans in order to reduce chances of injury.

Storage bins help keep dog food dry. Once you open a food bag, it is subject to surrounding environmental conditions, especially in humid places. Putting dog food in a storage bin, however, allows you to keep the dog food dry.

Another great trick for keeping dog food dry is to make sure that the lid on the storage bin fits perfectly. If the lid is loose, it is more likely to let humidity in, while if it is perfectly fit on, it is only exposed while the lid is open. You should also keep the storage in a relatively wide open and cold space because this reducing surrounding humidity. This should help you enjoy bacteria free dog food and, better yet, this dog food storage trick should let the dog enjoy crunchy dog food for a long time.

Another trick for keeping dog food dry is to take advantage of the summer weather when it is available. Keeping the dog outside is sort of plus/minus, but it keeps it away from the house dogs and putting a locking mechanism on it generally keeps it safe from animals. Keeping it in the shed keeps it out of the way as well protected from the weather. I like that the wind and heat keeps it naturally dry and therefore crunchy as well. It is just a matter of keeping it away from animals.

Proper Kind of Food. Too many people forget that dogs do not enjoy the same range of foods as human, which can create its own problems. Because of this, I have a list of the foods that my dogs cannot eat on the refrigerator so I can point it out to guests who think they can feed dogs almost anything. This has helped to prevent a lot of problems, especially from vegetarians who forget that the canine system did not evolve for non-meat diets.

Bacteria Free Dog Food. The fist key to this is organization; organization of all your dog foods and treats. The second key is hygiene; all dispensers and bowls used for dog food need to be cleaned regularly with hot water and enzyme-based pet sage cleaners and thoroughly rinsed after and let to dry. Doing this on a regular basis would ensure that the chance of bacteria contaminating your dog’s food is drastically reduced.

Ultimately, keeping dog food bacteria free is a relatively simple process as long as you remember to keep dry, clean its containers, and clean up any messes as they happen rather than later. Also, use a scheduler to ensure that the cleaning is always done on time. Keep yourself organized and it is easy for anyone to accomplish.

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Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipes

To some people, dogs are like children in families with whom they have very close bonds with and take extra care of. The love of human beings for their dogs is very natural as shown in how dogs become very faithful companions. They become very friendly and try to please owners in any way possible. With human dwelling places, they can easily be cohabitated as it is much easier to train them. We also can share a broad range of our indoor and outdoor activities with pets; this makes dogs the most easily domesticated animals.

Having dogs well fed and taken care of is one of the biggest challenges which dog owners face. A balanced diet is essential for your dog and at times providing the most nutritious food to your dog can be a challenge. If you have the time and are not a very bush person, freshly made food is something to feed dogs every once in a while. As a plus, serving dogs with fresh food can also improve their health outcomes.

Here are two dog food recipes below. Some people also have older dogs which demand healthy food and also have much more dietary constraints. So, these recipes are undeniably wholesome and nourishing. It is quite satisfactory when you are ensuring that your dog is taking the exact diet which he/she needs. These dog food recipes listed are not time consuming in preparation.

Brown Rice Homemade Dog Food

This is a delicious dog meal which mainly includes turkey, veggies and brown rice. It is quite easy on the pocket, healthy and can be cooked within minutes. The meal is easy to store and can be stored in bowls and frozen for a long time.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds turkey
  • 3 cups chopped spinach
  • 1 shredded zucchini
  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • Half cup of peas
  • 2 shredded carrots

Method

  1. Boil 4 cups on water in a pan and boil the brown rice until ready.
  2. In a large pot add olive oil and heat the oil on medium.
  3. Add ground turkey into the pan with the olive oil and fry for 3-5 minutes until brown. Occasionally stair to make sure the all the turkey gets cooked.
  4. Add the carrots, spinach, zucchini, peas, and brown rice and stir it well in a mixture for 3 to 5 minutes or until ready.
  5. Allow the food to cool down.
  6. Mix the brown rice with the vegetables.

Beef and Veggies Homemade Dog Food

Beef is a protein which is very nutritious and healthy for your dog. The most appreciable thing is that beef is rarely used in the dog food recipes and this recipe is the healthy combination of both these things. So, let have a look at the ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Half cup canned or frozen peas
  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups of crushed carrots
  • 15 ounce of rinsed kidney beans
  • 2 cups of chopped butternut

Method

  1. Take a slow cooker and add 6 cups of water in it. First, add the brown rice and then the beef.
  2. Add the peas, butternut, carrots and kidney beans and stir them in well.
  3. Cover and Cook it on low heat for 5 to 6 hours. But if you want the food immediately, cook on high heat for 2-3 hours.
  4. Stir the mixture regularly.
  5. Once ready, allow the food to cool before serving your dog.

These are some of the most nutritious and inexpensive homemade dog food recipes.

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Common Causes of Heart Disease in Dogs and How to Deal With It

Heart disease is one of the most common ailments pet owners must deal with when raising their dogs.  Dealing with heart disease in dogs takes time, patience, and careful planning. Always make sure to visit your pets vet in order to get the best advice on how to deal with and prevent heart disease in your dog.

Below is some general information about what heart disease is, how to prevent it, and how to cure it:

What Causes Heart Disease in Dogs? Heart disease in dogs is caused by Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), poor diet, and the lack of exercise. You must have your vet talk to you about what they think might be a problem for your dogs, and you should see if they can get better food, a treatment plan, or more exercise. Dogs that exercise more are more likely to start losing weight, and you can treat CHF with medication. Use each of these tips to continue your dog’s treatment so that they can improve their overall condition.

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Medication. CHF medication is necessary for most dogs because heart disease in dogs does not go away naturally. Dogs need to have medications that will help keep their heart conditions under control. There are many people who would like get their dog on a treatment plan before they change their diet or exercise routine. There are a number of medications that you could try, and there are even medicated drops and injections that you can give your pets. Just as with humans, healing many ailments begins with changes in behavior. Thus never forget to change the dietary and exercise routes of your dog or dogs if you want the best results from whatever medication you use.

What Is An Appropriate Food For Your Dog? The food or dietary advice to help alleviate your dog’s heart problems should be given by your dog vet. The vet that you have come to visit should let you know which food they would use. There are a lot of people who want to try just one dog food heart disease plan, but you should ask for a number of these different foods and compare the different options before you land on one that you like.

How Does The Food Help? The grain free dog food heart disease product that you have chosen should be selected to help your pets digest their food quickly. Dogs who have heart disease should not have to spend time trying to digest their food. The food that does not have grain in it will be easier for their body to synthesize, and it is will be easier for them to exercise and move around after they are done eating. There are some dogs who need to lose some weight before they can exercise, thus they need to have this food at least twice a day so that they will have enough energy to play and run around.

What Is The Exercise Plan? The exercise plan that you have chosen should get your dog out of the house, and you must be sure to ask your vet how active your dog should be. Most dogs that are extremely active can lose weight quickly. Some dogs will exercise so much that they become competitive, and others will not need their medication anymore. The exercise plan should include exercise that is safe for their joints. But even more important, you need to be sure that you have found an exercise plan that you can actually follow through on. Certain dogs need a lot of exercise, and this would not be possible if you as the owner can’t follow through with the plans.

How Does A Dog’s Diet Change Over Time? A young dog with heart disease needs to have food that will keep it healthy and active while older dogs need food which would help them in controlling their weight. There are a lot of people who are not sure which dog food to use because they think that all medicated foods are the same. This is something that a lot of people do not consider because they assume that their dog will get the nutrition they need from any medicated food. The food which you select must be for the age range of your dog so that they actually have the nutrition that they need.

The Dog’s Should Have Treats. There are medicated grain free dog food treat which treat heart disease that you can use to keep your dogs in line. They will get the same nutritional value from these treats as they get from everything else. This is a very important part of the process, and you need to make sure that you have these treats ready to go so that you can supplement their diet. You might use the treats a couple times per day, or you might hand out the treats only when the dog has done what you asked.

How Long Does It Take To Solve These Problems? It takes a while for you to solve these problems, but that does not mean that they will go away forever. You have to be sure that you have committed to the treatment plan that works best for your dogs, and you also need to see if your vet has better plans available during every visit. Your vet could change the food your dog eats, change their exercise plan, or ask that they are better hydrated in the future.

Conclusion

The dog diet heart disease food that you choose is just one part of the program that you need to use for your pets. You can purchase the food from your vet, and you might want to go on an exercise plan while also giving your dog more water. The dogs that are on the right program can handle heart disease while also managing their weight, remaining active, and living a much more fulfilling life.

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10 Winter Safety Tips for Dogs

Introduction

For those who have pets, this is probably the worst time of the year because there needs to be extra care given. Some pets are meant to live in the cold and so they adapt fairly quickly, but others need extra precautions. For that reason in this article we will be discussing the topic of dog safety in the winter, dog dietary safety tips during the winter, and dog food safety in the winter. We will also list 10 safety tips for the remainder of this winter season and for those to come.

Winter Safety Tips For Dogs

As we mentioned in the introduction, some dogs are meant to be in the cold, like the Siberian Husky or the German Shepard. These dogs have furry coats which protect their bodies from the snow and from the cold winds. Because where they live it is rarely warm, their genes are also well adapted to below zero weather. But what about our other beloved dog breeds who would die in the cold, what tips are there to prevent this from happening? Here are some tips:

  1. Have An Emergency Plan. What we mean by this is to have a plan for your dog in case of unexpected power outages that occur as a result of the cold weather. This plan for your dog or dogs should include setting aside food, water, an emergency kit, and other necessities for both yourself and your pet.
  2. Careful With Antifreeze! The use of antifreeze rises during the winter, along with antifreeze spills. If you happen to spill this substance on any floor, clean it up ASAP because dogs and cats like the sweet taste, but it can be detrimental to their health.
  3. Provide Them With Shelter. Of course this is an obvious one, but you won’t imagine how many owners treat their dogs as if they were some unwanted piece of trash. We know you’re not one of these owners and if your dog already has shelter outside, you may want to consider an upgrade such as adding a heater, or even bringing the dogs inside.
  4. Reflection, Reflection, Reflection. Even in the cold, your dogs will need to be walked in order to remain healthy. It’s a good idea to wear reflective clothing during any season, but especially during the winter. Vision is impaired and you better believe most people will be driving around with their high beams so make sure to wear something to let them know that it’s you and your dog.
  5. Leave Your Dogs Home. During the summer months it is against the law to leave children and pets unattended inside cars. This is because cars can get so hot that children and pets will literally cook whatever left inside. It’s no different in the winter! Instead the car will act as a freezer which is a very bad thing for whoever is inside. It’s best to leave your dogs at home than to take them to places where they will have to bear the cold while they wait for you to finish whatever you’re doing.
  6. Avoid Icy Surfaces. When walking your dog you need to make sure you don’t walk on any ice. If you don’t have boots for their feet, they can get stuck in the ice which can really hurt their paws. Worse yet, if the ice is thin and cracking, your dog may step on it without knowing and fall into an icy death which could also put you in danger.
  7. Leash Them At All Times. The last thing you want is for your dog to get lost during the winter. It’s bad for them to get lost during any time of the year, but I would prefer my dog to get lost where it can sustain regular temperature for a few days before it is found. However, if you don’t leash your dogs during the winter and they get lost, it may be a matter of hours before they can’t take the cold anymore. This would be a tragic thing to occur so please keep them leashed!
  8. Keep Their Paws Clean. Both dogs and cats like to lick their paws. As we mentioned previously, people use more chemicals during the winter such as antifreeze which could have spilt anywhere. You don’t know what your dog is stepping on, so it’s imperative that you clean their paws in order to prevent them from getting sick if they were to lick and ingest something harmful.
  9. Check Your Car In The Mornings. Do this not only for your dogs, but also for the safety of your neighbor’s pets, and other wild animals. During the winter it is common for cats and small dogs to sleep by the engine of your car or on the tires because it keeps them safe from cold winds since car engines could still be warm hours after being turned off. Make sure to check every morning as you don’t want to accidentally kill an animal who just wanted to be warm for a night.
  10. Understand Your Dog’s Limits. Yes, this is the last tip. Do some research on your dog’s breed to find out how well they can adapt to the cold. If you know your dog’s limits then you will know how long to walk it before it gets too cold, and whether or not they can stay outside during this season.

Conclusion

In conclusion to this article we discussed the topic of dog safety in the winter, dog dietary safety tips during the winter, and dog food safety in the winter, and listed ten different tips to take into consideration during this winter season to keep your dogs safe. Make sure there are no chemical spills, you keep your dog or dogs warm and preferably inside, and that you understand the limits of your dogs breed. If you’re walking your dog at all during this season, make sure to keep it on a leash and wear reflective gear when you take your dog on walks. Winter is the time of the year when most dogs get lost, so take preventive measures so this doesn’t happen!