Country Mutt Newsletter – February 2020
Welcome to our February newsletter.
With February being the coldest month of the year what’s better than a nice warm winter coat for frosty morning walks and a nice warm bed to snuggle up in and defrost afterwards. Luckily we have both… for your Dog! Our Wrendale Coat has a warm and cosy fleece lining to keep the cold out. Adjusted by a velcro band this coat in iconic Wrendale Green will ensure your pooch stays snug and warm no matter what the weather.
Once home, how about snuggling up in an Artic Snuggle Bed from Danish Design. Available in four sizes and in muted grey tones, the Arctic range offers the perfect place to cuddle down for a well earned snooze. Made with faux suede and fur fabrics for sumptuous warmth and comfort.
Winter Safety Tips
As it’s the middle of winter and it’s a bit slippy outside how about some completely obvious but never the less important things you might not have thought about…..
- Rock salt used to grit roads and pathways is corrosive and irritating to dogs paws. Wash your pooches paws, legs and tummies after walks to remove it. .
- Check the condition of your dogs paws regularly. A good paw balm can keep paws healthy but may be bad for an already hurt paw. Snow can also hide sharp objects and broken glass leading to cut paws and a recreation of your favourite horror movie in the snow as they bleed a lot!
- Dogs with long fur… Ice and snow can form balls and get stuck between the pads in their paws causing discomfort and frost-bite.Keep the fur trimmed between the pads and wash paws of with warm water after a walk,
- Antifreeze is poisonous to dogs but it also tastes really good. Keep any antifreeze, car windscreen cleaner or any other de-icer products well away from your pooch.
- Keep your dogs away from large expanses of ice and frozen water. A dogs weight can be deceptive and be as much as a child even for medium sized breeds increasing the risk of breaking through a frozen pond. A dog spread eagled sliding across a frozen pond can also hurt joints especially hips and knees.
- Take more care walking your dog early in the morning and after dark. Visibility might not be good and the road might be covered in black ice which could be problematic if your pooch dives for a pheasant taking off from the nearby hedge.
- Check the depth of any snow… unless you like digging your dog out. Frozen snow can also be quite sharp so check paws for any cuts. Lolloping around in deep drifts, whilst great fun, can also increase the risk of a joint, tendon or ligament injury.
- Not all dogs are used to, or even like the cold and snow. Keep an eye on your dogs behaviour, they will let you know when they’ve had enough. Lifting paws, stopping and not wanting to move any further and shivering are all signs they would rather be in bed. A coat can help keep your dog warm.
- Check your collars, leads and harness’s for any damage and replace accordingly. It’s one thing having your dog run off in daylight, and another when it’s dark and you can’t see were they’ve gone!
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