Are you enjoying winter? Or are you counting down the days until spring? Just like people, some dogs do better with the cold than others. If you have a snow dog, such as a husky, your canine buddy may be delighted to run and play in the snow. Pooches with thinner coats, however, may spend most of the winter curled up in their beds. Read on as a vet lists some ways to keep your pet warm this winter.
Dogs with thinner fur may need some extra insulation against the cold. Before you go shopping for Fido, text his measurements to yourself, so you always have them. Don’t get anything that could restrict your furry buddy’s vision or movement. Also, avoid anything that could potentially be tight, hot, or itchy. A word to the wise: choose items that are machine-washable.
Did you know that old fur and dander actually reduce the insulating qualities of your dog’s fur? Brushing your canine friend will not only help keep his coat soft and clean, it will also help him stay warm!
Make sure Fido has a cozy bed to snuggle up in. Older dogs and large breeds will benefit from the extra support of an orthopedic bed. Smaller pups may prefer beds with raised sides. If your furry pal tends to get chilly in cold weather, get him a thermal pet blanket or even a heated doggy bed.
It isn’t very much fun going barefoot in the snow! Fido may appreciate a set of booties, which will help keep his paws warm. Doggy boots will also protect your pup’s paws from snow, salt, sand, and ice. Of course, not all dogs like wearing shoes. If your pooch hates boots, use paw balm to protect his feet.
Pups that are highly active and/or spend a lot of time outdoors may need to eat larger portions in winter. Fido will burn extra calories just keeping warm. Follow your vet’s advice.
Man’s Best Friend should always live indoors, especially in winter. Fido is happier, healthier, and safer living inside, not to mention more comfortable. However, if your pooch has a yard to play in, he may appreciate a doghouse of his own. Ask your vet for more information.
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