Be aware of exactly how cold it is, including the wind chill factor. A doghouse is good to have but may not protect them from frostbite on their extremities. Be sure to bring your pet in out of the cold. Put down a warm blanket for them to sleep on, since tiles can be cold. You can also purchase beds made for puppies at your local pet store
Another misconception is that snow is a substitute for fresh water. Make sure that your pet always has fresh water available to drink, regardless of the weather conditions.
How to Keep Your Puppy Safe and Warm During Winter
Fur can provide a measure of warmth for your pet, but fur that is long can also pick up clumps of snow and ice, making it uncomfortable for them. Trim the areas around the paws to keep this from happening. Puppies with short hair don’t get the same level of warmth as puppies with long hair. Buy them puppy sweaters or knit one yourself. They will keep your puppy warm and make them look even more adorable.
Many areas salt icy streets to provide traction. This salt can be painful to your puppy if they get into cracks in their paws. By rubbing a thin film of petroleum jelly on the bottom of their paws, it will lessen the amount of salt that sticks to them. When you get back home, be sure to clean their feet so that they will always be able to walk comfortably. Damp fur can be uncomfortable for your pet. When coming back from a walk in rainy or snowy conditions, be sure to dry them off, preferably with a blow dryer.
Don’t Keep Your Puppy Outside in the Cold
The cold of winter can be just as dangerous to your puppy as the summer heat. Use common sense and keep him safe and warm. Also remember your puppy is a part of your family and should be treated accordingly. Would you make any other family members stay outside freezing and all alone? Puppies don’t want to be alone they want to be with their pack — your family!