The weather outside is frightful! It seems like everywhere on the east coast is covered in snow…except for us here in Virginia Beach! Although, it’s been freezing cold and raining so there’s that. I thought it was a good time to remind you of these winter dog safety tips. The weather is only going to get colder as we slide into Christmas and the New Year.
1. Limit Outdoor Activities
This one is a no brainer when you have a small dog like a Chihuahua. We don’t spend a ton of time outdoors this time of year because well…Chuy just isn’t cut out for it. I thought all people kept their dogs indoors with them but the longer I write this blog, I sadly discover this isn’t true. Your pets should be indoors when the weather is this cold..especially during freezing temps! Make those bathroom breaks fast!
2. Get Your Dog a Coat!
Whenever we go outdoors during the winter, we make sure to put a coat or a hoodie on Chuy. Some dogs may not need this but smaller dogs and those with shorter fur definitely will feel more comfortable in a dog jacket or coat.
Just running out for a quick potty break can be dangerous in the frigid temps. Balls of ice and snow can clump up on their paws and their stomach area. You want to make sure to wipe down your dog to remove any snow or ice. Also, as a responsible pet parent, you need to know the signs of frostbite. This includes checking their ears, paws, and tail for sign.
According to VCA Hospitals, here are some of the clinical signs of frostbite:
Discoloration of the affected area of skin that is often pale, gray or bluish
Coldness and/or brittleness of the area when touched
Pain when you touch the affected body part
Blisters or skin ulcers
Areas of blackened or dead skin
4. Wipe Down and Wipe Again!
It’s not just about wiping away any ice or snow from their paws. Lots of ice-melting chemicals that are used on sidewalks and driveways can be dangerous and in some cases lethal if ingested. Don’t forget to wipe their belly too! Since Chuy is so short, his belly always gets soaking wet. Check out Safe Paw which is a non-toxic snow melter safe for pets and kids.
5. Beware of Antifreeze
Another winter danger is antifreeze. It’s highly toxic and dogs love the taste because it’s sweet. Even a small amount can be deadly. There are “safe” nontoxic antifreeze options. Look for products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Regardless, all spills need to be cleaned up immediately and thoroughly. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pets have ingested any antifreeze!
6. Keep Water Readily Available
This is often overlooked in the winter months because it’s so cold. People forget that dogs and pets need fresh, clean water to drink often. Take along a portable water bottle dispenser when traveling or on walks.
7. Clear a Path in the Snow
If you live somewhere that often has snow on the ground, it’s smart to clear out a path for your dog. This way they have a safe and clear place to use the bathroom.
8. Create a Warm Snuggle Place Indoors
I know I love to snuggle up on the couch with a blanket during the cold, winter months. Dogs do too! Chuy usually just climbs under my blanket and hangs out as close to me as possible. He also has a warm dog bed of his own…in each room of our house. Yes, even in the baby’s room!
9. Don’t Leave Your Dog in a Cold Car
This is another one we tend to associate only with the summer time. It’s just as dangerous to leave your pets in a cold car. In fact, dogs can freeze to death even when left in a car for a short period of time. Don’t do it!
10. Play Indoor Games
Just like humans, dogs can get depressed in the colder months when they are in the house more often. Keep their minds stimulated by playing some dog games. You can also play fetch or hide and seek inside the house to keep them active.
I hope that these winter dog safety tips help you keep your dog safe. Do you have any other tips you want to share? Leave them in the comments down below.
As a Chihuahua mom, I know there are lots of myths and stereotypes when it comes to Chihuahuas. Chihuahuas are ugly, they’re ankle biters, mean, and Chihuahuas are yappy are just some of the common myths. In this post, I’m going to debunk these myths and spill some truths about the beloved Chihuahua breed with you. Make sure to also check out our Ultimate Guide to Chihuahua Tips.
Chihuahuas are Ugly
Myth. Obviously. Chihuahuas are clearly the cutest, most irresistible dog on the planet. How could anyone call these little bundles of cuteness ugly? I’ve never had anyone call Chuy ugly but we’ve heard some ridiculous things while on walks.
Look a flying squirrel!
It’s a cat on a leash!
Yo quiero Taco Bell.
A giant rat!
Oh and there’s the grown men that liked to make barking noises at us…but only when my husband isn’t there. Ugh.
You can take all of your insults and suck on a dog bone. Chihuahuas are NOT ugly! I mean just look at that little face!
Chihuahuas are Always Yappy
Myth! Chuy never barks unless he hears someone or something outside. That’s it. Well, ok the occasional bark at a strange man that tries to approach him. Although, in that case I don’t blame him for having stranger danger. There are plenty of times on walks where other dogs bark at him and he just minds his own business. Chihuahuas that haven’t had proper training and socialization can become yappy…but it’s more of a defense mechanism because they are scared. That is fear that simply needs more training and socialization.
True. It’s believed that a common trait of Chihuahuas is that they shake all the time. While it’s true that they do shake more than other breeds, there is a reason it’s happening and you need to address it. It’s usually either due to fear/stress or feeling cold. In my personal experience, Chuy only shakes when we are at the vet because he’s nervous and when he’s really cold. Since this breed is so small, they have a hard time regulating their body temperature. Make sure that you provide them with a warm snuggly bed and blanket and a dog jacket when out for walks.
Chihuahuas Don’t Like Kids
Myth! Saying that Chihuahuas don’t like kids is a broad sweeping assumption that just isn’t true for the entire breed. We had Chuy all to ourselves for seven years before Catalina (my daughter) was born. I was so nervous that it was going to rock his world in a negative way. But, I did my homework and made sure that we were prepared to introduce our dog to a newborn baby. Now? They are BFFs! She is ridiculously obsessed with him and Chuy is such a good sport with her. Even when that means she’s putting stickers on him or trying to dress him up in doll clothes. It comes down to training, setting boundaries, and teaching your kids how to treat pets.
Chihuahuas Aren’t Good Watch Dogs
Myth! Remember how I said that Chuy only barks when he hears someone outside of our house? He is super alert and hears things that I never do. Sure enough, I’ll look outside and there is someone walking on the sidewalk or coming up the driveway. When we order food, I have to put him in the other room because he is NOT happy about strangers standing in our doorway. Now, if something bad actually happened, my faith in Chuy’s ability to fight off an intruder isn’t so great. LOL.
Chihuahuas are Not Outdoor Dogs
Myth! Chihuahuas may be small but they are mighty and determined little creatures. Yes, Chuy is spoiled beyond belief at home. He literally has a dog bed in every single room of our house but at night he sleeps in our king size bed. He is taken care of just like a child and is not just a dog…he is a family member. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t love to go outdoors on adventures. I LOVE taking Chuy with us to go on walks, hikes, road trips, and even kayaking. Chihuahuas might be small but they are still dogs! They need exercise, stimulation, and fun!
These are just a few of the most common myths about Chihuahuas. What other myths have you heard? Let us know in the comments section.
More Information About Chihuahuas
If you enjoyed this post, check out these other Chihuahua articles from our blog. I also highly recommend the book, “Chihuahuas for Dummies” for any new or current Chihuahua parents. We bought this book when we got Chuy and it was a life saver!
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I love dressing up for Halloween. That includes a Halloween costume for my Chihuahua, Chuy too! If you’re looking for Halloween costumes for Chihuahuas…or any type of dog, you’re in the right place. I’ve put together a roundup of the most irresistible costumes you can order right from your couch on Amazon. If you don’t have Amazon Prime, make sure to sign up for this30 day free trial so that you can take advantage of free 2 day shipping. You’re going to need it if you’re ordering a last minute Halloween dog costume!
Halloween Costumes for Chihuahuas…and other small dogs!
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Oh my goodness!!! It has been way too long since I’ve posted on this blog. I’ve been posting on our Facebook and Instagram, so if you don’t, make sure to follow us there. This summer has been so focused on growing my business since I left BlogPaws. For those that don’t know, I’m now doing my side hustle full-time! To get that where it needs to be, I’ve taken a little bit of time away from posting here as often. I’ve been in launch mode with my new group mastermind program at Irresistible YOUniversity among many other things! Anyways, back to what you came here for…Chuy’s adventures!
Chuy and I have been making some time to go on our adventures this summer. I’m going to be sharing some of those with you! Today, let’s start with a quick walk we did at Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways Historic Park in Chesapeake, VA a few weekends ago.
I grew up in the Great Bridge area and this park didn’t exist back in the day. This is pretty new and it’s nice. Not an all day adventure but good for an hour or two.
It’s pretty cool what they have built as there is a nice trail around the water and woods. Plus, there are some historical monuments with a paved path. They also have several picnic areas by the water where you can watch the boats going through the locks.
The trail that goes around the Intracoastal Waterway was really nice and the view was amazing. It goes around in a big loop.
When we got to the other side that’s completely in the woods, the mosquitoes were out of control!!! We went from having a nice walk to trying to get out of there as quick as possible. Another reason that I’m so ready for summer to end. Plus, it was HOT as hell outside!
This was the end of our walk and Chuy was HOT! We stopped to take a break in front of the Battle of Great Bridge statue.
Of course, Catalina was there too. She loves being outside, exploring. Oh and she’s totally obsessed with Chuy and ALL animals. <mission accomplished lol>
What have you been up to this summer? Tell me all about it in the comments below!!!
Today is Chuy’s ninth birthday. We always celebrate Chuy’s birthday with some kind of cake/treats and new toys! Normally we go out on an adventure or kayaking but today has been raining and storming all day. Boo!
I’m going to keep this lighthearted and not get too sentimental…otherwise I’ll be a sobbing mess. So, enjoy these fun birthday pics with Chuy!
We haven’t ordered a custom cake since his fourth birthday. I found a local dog bakery in Virginia Beach called My Best Friends Cupcakes. Next to the cake being absolutely perfect, the best part is that they delivered is right to my house! Thank goodness. I can only imagine a hot cake mess if I had to pick it up myself with an almost two year old baby!
I think it’s safe to say that Chuy thought the cake was irresistible! The cake flavor is banana and peanut butter which are two of his favorite things!
Thank you all for the sweet birthday wishes you have been sending. Chuy is definitely feeling the love!!
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