At Scarlet’s Fancy Poodles, we understand the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for your poodle. They are a unique dog breed and require specific care to ensure their overall well-being. As we enter the month of February, it is crucial to be mindful of your poodle’s needs and how to care for them throughout this winter season.
Winter brings colder weather, which can be harmful to your poodle. Because poodles don’t have typical fur like most dogs, it is much easier for them to feel the impact of cold winter air. Most dogs have an undercoat, which provides an extra layer of protection and insulation. Contrarily poodles have a single coat of soft hair.
If you go outside and feel the chill in the air, chances are so does your poodle.
Here are a few tips to help keep them warm and comfortable this season:
If you live in a particularly cold region, you should put a jacket on your poodle before going out for walks.
There are a variety of jackets made specifically for poodles, but it is best to get an insulated jacket that is also waterproof. This will stop cold precipitation like rain and snow from getting into their coat and seeping down to their skin.
Walking on the cold or icy ground can wreak havoc on your poodle’s paws. If you find that it is particularly cold outside, purchase dog shoes to help protect your poodle’s paws. This will help provide insulation from the cold ground and keep their paw warm during walks.
Your poodle’s snout is one of the first things that will get cold when exposed to chilly temperatures. Their nose is naturally moist, which can make it become chapped in the winter cold. Before heading out for a walk, apply nose butter to your poodle’s nose to help seal in moisture and prevent cracking and drying.
Be mindful of your poodle’s behavior and body language. They may not be able to tell you they are cold, but there are clear signs that show this.
Here are some signs you might notice:
- Walking with a paw or leg lifted
- Visibly anxious
If you see any of these signs, be sure to return your poodle to a warm location.
We hope these tips will help you maintain your poodle’s health throughout the rest of the winter.