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When the cold winds start blowing, we need to consider how the cold can
affect our companions. Cold weather hazards range from hypothermia to
West Highland White Terriers should not be out in the cold for very long periods, especially the
very young, old, or sick, which have a decreased ability to retain body heat
in cold weather. When your Westie is outside, watch for these signs that she
is too cold, refusing to walk, lifting her paws, whimpering, or shivering.
Wind and rain also draw heat from an animal's body, so keep your Westie dry
and protected from gusts, although jumpers and coats for pets may provide
some protection, they don't necessarily keep pets from getting a chill.
Westie's toes and paw pads present special problems in the winter. Salt,
snow, ice, and the resulting moisture can cause irritation of the skin
between the toes and on the surface of the pads.
Wash your Westie's paws with warm water after a walk to wash away salt. Dry
the paws thoroughly, especially between the toes, since constant moisture
can cause dermatitis. Be sure to inspect feet for cracks, redness, and
bleeding. Cracked foot pads need veterinary care, since dogs may chew at the
Keep in mind that antifreeze is toxic and attractive to pets, so always keep
it out of reach.