Winter is on its way, and you have done all the preparations. Got yourselves some new sweaters and have made dozens of muffins. Well, It means that your winter is gonna be awesome. But have you done anything for that furry little Pomeranian of yours? Probably not. Do you even think that your can your pomeranian live in cold weather? If not, you must think and we’re going to explain it more. Here we are doing to dig in detail what are the threats for your Pomeranian in cold weather.
Many owners think that just so their Pomeranians have a thick coat and a lot of hair on their bodies, so they are not going to need any special care during the winter.
Risks for Pomeranian during Cold Weather
My friends, you are highly mistaken. Though Pomeranians are made to survive in cold weather and no doubt, they really can. But that doesn’t mean that winter is completely harmless for the poms. There are certain disadvantages of cold weather for Pomeranians but if they have been properly cared for, it is possible to protect them.
Though the coat of Pomeranians is thick enough to protect them from cold weather, however, if the dog is spending too much time outside during the winter, then even its furry coat is not going to work.
When exposed to the cold environment for too long, the temperature of the Pomeranian’s body began to drop and as a result, it becomes a victim of hypothermia.
In case your Pomeranian is diabetic or is suffering from a heart ailment, then it becomes even more dangerous to expose it to the cold temperature as the chances of developing hypothermia increases 20 times.
So if you feel any symptom of hypothermia in your pom during winters such as shivering, restlessness, weakness, lethargy, or depression, then you must immediately seek medical care.
If Pomeranian is exposed to the cold for a long time it may result in frostbite. The continuous exposure of the animal to the cold results in vasoconstriction which decreases in blood flow.
Once the blood flow decreases, it becomes difficult to carry the heat to the tissues, which results in the forming of the ice crystals. Pomeranians usually get frostbites on the paws and the tip of the tail.
If your Pomeranian ever catches frostbite, don’t panic, just warm up the dog and maintain its body temperature. Don’t massage the affected area as it can result in more pain or even lead to the breakage of that area. Wait for the crystals to gain the original form, after that seek a doctor’s help.
Kennel Cough is the most usual viral/bacterial disease of canines. It occurs when the dog’s trachea bronchitis is blocked by mucus or pus. Pomeranians are likely to catch kennel cough in the winter season.
The symptoms might include a whistling cough, runny nose, sneezing, and sometimes eye discharge. Though it is not a life-threatening disease, but it should be given proper care because if not handled properly, it might lead to other severe complications.
Beware, don’t let your Pomeranians go out during winter rains or during snowfall as the chances of developing pneumonia gets high during these times, because bacterial and viral infections are at their peak during the winter rains.