Winter and Your Bulldog: Tips to Stay Safe
Spending the winter season cozied up by the fire with your French or English bulldog can be tons of fun. But it’s important to remember that your bulldog isn’t built to handle winter weather very well. Here are some tips for keeping your bulldog safe during the cold winter months.
The most important thing to remember is to not let your pup spend too much time outside in the cold conditions. Your bulldog’s little toes can only tolerate the snow for a few minutes and, according to EnglishBulldog.net, it only takes a few minutes for their paws to get frostbitten. You should let your pup outside for no more than 15 minutes. If it’s colder than 25 degrees Fahrenheit, try to keep your pup indoors, and make sure he wears a coat if he has to go out to do his business. Keep in mind that wind chill can make it a lot colder than what the thermometer says.
The Bulldog Club of America says to check your pup’s body temperature if you think he’s been exposed to the cold for too long. If it’s lower than 98 degrees, warm your furry friend up slowly using blankets. If he’s damp from rain or snow, you can use a blow dryer to dry off his coat.
If your bulldog spends a good amount of time outside during the winter, he may need some extra calories. Keeping his body warm requires more energy, which means you may want to add a little more protein to your dog’s diet to provide the energy needed to keep warm.
After you take your pup for a walk, rinse his feet with warm water. Rock salt, which is commonly used to de-ice walkways and roads, can cause irritations on your pup’s paws. And remember than your dog can slip on ice and get hurt – just like you! Keep your bulldog away from icy, dangerous areas that could cause injury.
If you’re thinking about adding a bulldog to your family, check out our available English bulldog puppies, and our available French bulldog puppies. To learn more about any of our pups, give us a call today at 347-522-8681.