Winter myths are everywhere! While we are lucky to live in sunny, SoCal where the winters aren’t freezing, there are still plenty of cool-weather myths surrounding your pooch that we need to dispel!
From dog sweaters to food intake, do you know the truth behind some of the most common lores? Today we’re digging into the facts behind the five most common winter myths!
Myth #1: There is no need to worry about fleas/ticks
It’s true that there are not as many, but fleas and ticks can still get on your pet. Dogs need flea and tick treatment year around, so don’t stop just because it’s chilly out.
Myth #2: Dogs don’t like spending time in the cold
Dogs can actually exercise harder and longer in cooler temps! Don’t limit their exercise routine based on weather. (This shouldn’t be confused with leaving your dog outside overnight or all of the time in winter months, though!)
Myth #3: Dogs don’t need jackets because they are already wearing a fur coat
While not all dogs need jackets, dogs with thinner hair or who lack an undercoat do need protection for longer term exposures to colder weather. Our favorite jackets are from RC Pets!
Myth #4: Active dogs don’t need as much water
Even though the risk of dehydration and overheating diminishes in the winter, dogs still need to be properly hydrated this time of year. Be sure to always bring your water bottle when doing outside activities with your pup!
#5: Dogs don’t shed in the winter
While spring and fall are active shedding months for many breeds, some breeds continue to shed year around and need regular grooming/maintenance – even in the winter months. Visit this link for examples of breeds that shed a lot.
Do you have other myths you’d like debunked? Leave them in the comments below.
Photo Credit: Sophia Chabbott, Glamour, via Huffington Post