lwohl “. If there is still plenty of snow, the four-legged friends – just like children – can hardly believe their joy. They whirl wildly through the white splendor, and because movement makes them thirsty, they sometimes treat themselves to a “snout full of snow”. But because life is not all about fun, sometime the way home from the park has to be started – mostly over roads and sidewalks that have already been cleared of snow, strewn with de-icing material and chippings. On the way, the biped often buys something quickly and the faithful four-legged friends have to wait outside the supermarket, tethered in the cold. After a few days of such winter activities, the dog owner must realize that the four-legged family member has become seriously ill. Choking cough, diarrhea and vomiting are the consequences of the snow. Crimson inflamed and painful bales are caused by de-icing and chipping. And the bladder infection comes from sitting in the cold in front of the supermarket. There is nothing left but to go to the vet instead of playing in the park.
Tips to keep your dog healthy
* Prevent snowdrilling! Because it often causes a painful tonsillitis. Noises, as if the dog clears his throat and a violent gagging are first signs of it. Because the four-legged feels the inflamed, swollen tonsils as a foreign body and tried, of course, in vain to choke them out. The dog also vomits white foam. If these symptoms occur, consult your veterinarian immediately, as passing on tonsillitis can damage your heart and joints. In addition, the cold, in the city also enriched with pollutants snow irritates the intestinal flora. Violent vomiting can be the result. Since it comes through the loss of fluid quickly to dangerous thickening of the blood, the dog needs veterinary help. Only one thing helps against the eating of snow: create a sealed bite basket before each walk.
* Paw care in winter is especially important! Because ice, chippings, salt and other de-icing agents often cause unpleasant inflammations of the bales and inter-dermal skin in dogs in winter. Soon, severe pain and the four-legged can hardly occur. To prevent this, conscientious paw care before and after the walk is necessary. At the vet and in the pharmacy there are already very good products for such. B. Sansil animal cream based on silver. Cream your dog’s bale well before each walk. Back home, wash your paws thoroughly with lukewarm water or cheese poplar tea; then cream again thoroughly. Remove long hair between the bales, so that no aching snow clumps can form here.
* In case of strong minus degrees do not take dogs on ice! Frostbite on the paws could be the result.
* Pay attention to the claws in winter! Since the claws are brittle due to the winter cold, you must be shortened in time, so they do not tear. If you can not do it yourself, ask your veterinarian about it. In addition, you can rub the claws with nail oil, so they remain supple even in the cold.
* Dog coats also serve health! Dog coats are not always just a fashion statement for spoiled four-legged friends, but are often needed to maintain good health. Very tender little dogs or sick dogs with e.g. Kidney or disc problems can not cope with the temperature difference between the centrally heated apartment and the clinking cold outside and react with colds or worsening of the already poor state of health. When buying the coat you should make sure that it is waterproof on the outside and warm on the inside.
* Do not leave dogs waiting for business in winter! By standing or sitting on the ice-cold ground for a long time, the four-legged friends cool the bubble. Frequent urinary urgency, pain when urinating to bloody urine torment then the four-legged friends. Bitches are particularly susceptible because their urethra is shorter than the male and germs are easier to penetrate. If there is evidence of cystitis, be sure to see the vet. In addition, the four-legged patient should rest a lot (if possible on a warm surface!) And drink bladder tea.
* Four-legged friends do not take a bath in the cold! The risk of chilling is too high. An exception are only prescribed by the veterinarian medical baths. But these should also be done only in the evening after the last walk-in, so that the dog then dries really well during the night in the warm room.