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Winter Care for Dogs

Like it or not, cold weather is on the way. As the weather cools, you may want to take some precautions to keep your canine buddy safe. Winter can be a very dangerous time for dogs! In this article, a Greensboro, NC vet offers tips on caring for Fido in winter.

Grooming

Dead fur, dust, and dander all reduce the insulating qualities of Fido’s pretty fur. Brushing your pup regularly won’t just keep him looking adorable: it will also help him stay warmer.

Food

Some dogs may need to eat a bit more in winter. If Fido is outdoors a lot, is highly active, or is a working dog, he may burn extra calories just staying warm. Some pups may also benefit from taking certain supplements. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Clothes

While dogs with thick coats, like huskies, may not need clothing, pups with thin fur get cold very easily. When buying doggy clothes, avoid anything with small pieces, like buttons, that could choke your pet. Zippers are also best avoided. Also, make sure Fido’s wardrobe fits him well, doesn’t bother him, and isn’t itchy or tight.

Beds

Make sure that Fido has a comfy bed to curl up in on those cold winter nights. Older dogs and large breeds often sleep better on orthopedic mattresses. Smaller pooches often feel safe and cozy in doggy beds with raised sides.

Exercise

Many people don’t care to go for long walks on chilly days. Even Fido may not want to be outside very long when it’s cold out. Don’t let your pooch become a furry couch potato! Keep your canine friend active with indoor activities like fetch and stair runs. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Walking

Use extra care when walking your furry pal in the snow. Freshly-fallen snow can hide dangerous objects, like cut glass. Also, avoid walking Fido near frozen bodies of water, or along the banks of river. These areas can be very dangerous for Man’s Best Friend!

Paw Care

Snow, salt, sand, ice, and chemical deicers can all hurt your pup’s delicate paw pads. Choose pet-friendly deicing products, and use paw balm or wax to protect Fido’s furry feet. We also recommend wiping your canine pal’s paws down with a damp cloth daily.

Is Fido due for an exam? Contact us! As your Greensboro, NC pet hospital, we’re happy to help!

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