Our bodies react differently during different seasons, so there’s no reason to assume that our pets are any different. If you own a dog, you need to change the level of the care you give them according to the weather outside – in short, you must protect them not just from extreme cold and extreme heat, but also from seasonal hazards that could cause them to suffer accidents or fall ill.

Spring/Summer care requires:

  • Keeping a watch over them around water bodies
  • Ensuring that they don’t swallow bright objects on the ground or fishing tackles
  • Preventing them from swallowing toxic chemicals during spring cleaning
  • Protecting them from other dogs in the park and bullies who may throw stones at them in public places
  • Ensuring that open windows are protected with mesh or bars to prevent your pet from falling or jumping out of high storey buildings
  • Not leaving your pet alone in your car
  • Not transporting your dog in the flatbed of your truck
  • Protecting your pet from the harsh rays of the sun and sunstrokes or sunburns – dogs with light skin or light colored coats are susceptible to sunburns during the harsh summer months, so apply sunscreen on them when necessary
  • Ensuring that your pet is well hydrated
  • Preventing over-exertion on hot and humid days – this in turn prevents dehydration and heat strokes
  • Ensuring that your dog has the right kind of food and is healthy and cheerful

Autumn/Winter care requires:

  • Keeping your dog out of the biting cold – provide outdoor dogs with a warm bed in a kennel or in your garage, away from the wind and cold
  • Ensuring that your dog has enough water and that his bowl hasn’t frozen over
  • Increasing your dog’s nutrition with a high protein diet that helps keep out the cold and makes their coats thicker and more luxurious
  • Keeping them well groomed so they don’t slip on the ice or suffer skin irritation because of the rock salt on pavements (trim their toenails, the hair between their toes, and wipe off their paws after they’ve been for a walk outside)
  • Putting on warm sweaters for dogs that don’t have a thick coat of hair when you take them out
  • Ensuring that your pet is not left alone in a closed car with no ventilation and no heat
  • Preventing your dog from eating snow and ice
  • Wiping your dog down to get rid of the moisture and snow on his coat after a walk outside
  • Preventing your dog from licking antifreeze – it smells good to your pooch but is extremely poisonous

Summer or winter, sunshine or rain, keep a close watch over your pet and monitor his behavior to ensure that he is healthy and that nothing is wrong with him.