Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Cold weather is here…

We may live in Florida but we need to realize some of our Pugs as we are still use to the warmer weather so when those cold temperatures come your Pug may get cold like you do.  Make sure your Pug has a warm dry place, watch when you walk them the concrete is not too cold for their paws, make sure your Pug is not left out overnight or left out in the rain. If your Pug is showing signs of being really cold having them wear a doggy jacket or sweater will help them stay warm until you return home.  If this occurs limit your time outside as much as possible.  Pugs are susceptible to hypothermia with extended exposure to the cold could be life threatening.  It is best to keep an eye on your Pug for addition signs of shivering, being lethargic, breathing shallow or a weak pulse.  Another issue if the temperatures are too cold frostbite, which is an injury to the tissue commonly to a Pug’s tail, ear, feet or sensitive area but is not easily seen because it could be hidden under their fur.  Look for signs such as redness, pale or graying of their skin, blisters or even swelling in those areas.  In the event of hypothermia or frostbite immediately seek emergency veterinarian care.  
Just as in the summer when the concrete gets too hot the concrete can be too cold for your Pug’s paws so be aware of their paws and take the proper care so they do not crack or chafing which could be painful for them. There are paw creams you can pick up on the local pet stores to help keep them from cracking and do not walk them if the concrete is too cold.  DO NOT use human cream on your Pug’s paws they can cause some serious to deadly issues.  There are specific creams for the care of your Pug paws.  Pugs in cold weather can give your Pug a cold on top on their other breed respiratory problems, which is not good.  Please be aware of the proper care of your Pug in both hot and cold weather. 

Still keep plenty of water for your Pug as well as the same diet but if your Pug is inactive because of the colder weather then to cut back on their food, remember Pugs are prone to be overweight.  It is up to the humans to control their food intake and to keep them healthy as can be.  There are plenty of indoor games that you can do to help keep your Pug active or utilize the warmest part of the day to take your Pug for long walks in the neighborhood or local dog parks. 

Be aware of space heaters and candles.  Candles can be knocked over very easy by a Pug’s tail or Pugs playing around.  Just as space heaters or your curious Pug could burn themselves on the space heater or candles.  DO NOT leave candles or space heaters on unattended. 

Grooming your Pug during the cold weather, make sure your Pug is completely dried before talking them out.  Also, with your Pug spending more time inside then out their nails will tend to grow faster so they will need to be trimmed more frequently. 

Stay warm and have a Happy and exciting New Year. 

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