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Cold Weather Care for Dogs

Winter is almost officially here! Even though your canine pal is already wearing a fur coat, he’ll still feel the effects of those freezing temperatures. In this article, a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet discusses taking care of your furry buddy in winter.

Food

Some dogs need to eat a bit more in winter than they do in warmer months. If your pooch is highly active, or spends a lot of time outdoors, he’ll burn more calories than usual just staying warm. Some of our canine friends will also benefit from taking certain supplements. For example, fish oil can help lubricate dogs’ bones and joints, which can be beneficial to pups with bone/joint issues, such as arthritis. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Grooming

Did you know that brushing your pooch regularly can help keep him warmer on frigid days? Dead fur, dust, and dander all decrease the insulating abilities of your dog’s coat. Give your four-legged pal regular beauty sessions.

Bedding

Fido is super cute when he’s snuggled up in his doggy bed, dreaming of chasing squirrels. Make sure your furry best friend has a comfy bed! Older dogs and pooches with thin fur may appreciate a thermal pet blanket, or even a heated doggy bed.

Paw Care

Snow, ice, sand, salt, and chemical de-icing agents can be pretty rough on Fido’s paws. You can try putting booties on your four-legged friend, though not all dogs will go for this. If your pooch doesn’t like wearing footwear, use paw balm or wax to protect those furry feet. Petroleum jelly will work as well.

Doggy Clothes

Dogs with thin fur will need some extra protection against the cold. When shopping for Fido, avoid anything that may be tight, hot, or itchy, or could restrict his vision or movements. Choose items that don’t have small pieces, like buttons, that your pet may try to eat. It’s also a good idea to stick with machine-washable things.

Exercise

Unless you have a snow dog, like a husky, your canine friend will probably spend most of his time indoors over the next several months. Don’t let Fido become a complete couch potato! Keep your pup active by playing games like Fetch indoors. (Note: you’ll of course want to pick areas without a lot of breakable objects.)

Please contact us, your local Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

Holiday Gifts for Cats

The holiday season is officially here! As you start picking out gifts for friends and family members, don’t forget about your cat. Fluffy definitely deserves a few presents! In this article, a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet lists some great holiday gifts for kitties.

Classic Toys

You really can’t go wrong with classic cat toys, such as catnip mice and wand toys. Of course, kitties all have their own purrsonal favorites when it comes to playthings. Some furballs prefer squeaky toys, while others love batting balls around. Offer Fluffy a variety to choose from.

Modern Playthings

There are some really cute modern toys you can get Fluffy, such as robotic mice, automated laser pointers, remote-controlled snakes, and mechanical ‘swimming’ fish. You can even download apps and games for your kitty to play on your phone or tablet!

Kitty Fountain

Did you know that many cats prefer to drink running water? Offer Fluffy a kitty drinking fountain!

Plants

Catnip is always a good gift option. Get your feline pal a small pot of it. Cat grass (or wheat grass) is another popular choice. Offer your furry friend a small container of it to munch on. Or, if you want to score some extra purrs, put potting soil and wheatgrass seeds in a shallow storage tote or an old litterbox. Let it grow in a sunny spot for a few weeks. Soon, your furball will have her very own edible lawn to lounge around on!

Beds

It probably isn’t much of a surprise to find beds on this list. Cats certainly are tired! This is a purrfect gift, even for kitties that already have comfy beds. In Fluffy’s book, you simply can’t have too many napping spots!

Catnip Bubbles

This one may be just as entertaining for you as it is for your cat! After all, there are few things cuter than kitties playing with bubbles.

Kitty Furniture

Cats love having things that were made just for them. Cat towers, pet tents, and kitty shelves are all great gifts!

Window Seat

Birdwatching ranks pretty high on the list of Fluffy’s favorite pastimes. Get your furry buddy a comfy window seat, so she can nap, sunbathe, and spy on local wildlife. You can find store-bought ones, or you can make your own.

Please contact us, your Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet clinic, for all your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!