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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!

Doghouse Repair Month

July is officially Doghouse Repair Month! Does your pup have a little home of his own in the yard? If so, this is a great reminder to do some cleaning and maintenance to it. A Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet offers tips on doghouse repairs below.

Cleaning

Give your canine pal’s outdoor home a good scrubbing. Use unscented soap or detergent and hot water. If you happen to have a pressure washer, uses that as well!

Repairs

Thoroughly inspect Fido’s doghouse. You’ll want to look for nails, screws, and long splinters that may be sticking out. These can cause serious injuries! Also, check for spots your furry best buddy may have chewed up.

Setup

Choosing the right spot for Fido’s doghouse is very important. It should be in a place that is sheltered from the worst of the wind, but still gets sunlight. The doghouse should be raised up off the ground to keep snow and rain out, with the door facing away from prevailing winds.

Insulation

We strongly recommend that dogs live indoors. Our canine friends are much happier—not to mention healthier and safer—with their families. That said, a doghouse that doesn’t offer protection from the elements isn’t very helpful. Saskatchewan isn’t exactly known for balmy winters! Making sure Fido’s doghouse is well-insulated is very important. If you want, you can add another layer of insulation to your pet’s home. Avoid using pressure-treated wood, though, as it’s toxic to dogs.

Bedding

It really isn’t a good idea to put bedding in Fido’s house: it will attract insects and rodents. Use carpeting or mats instead.

Door

In winter, you may want to hang thick strips of plastic or carpet over your furry friend’s door. This will help keep wind and rain out. You can remove them in summer if you like, so Fido can enjoy a cool breeze.

Fido’s Yard

Why not make Fido’s outdoor time more fun for him? If your pooch likes to dig, make him a sandbox to bury toys and treats in. Your four-legged pal may also enjoy a deck to sun himself on in summer, or even a pool to splash around in. You’ll also want to make sure your pup has toys and water outside.

Is your dog due for veterinary care? Please contact us, your Saskatoon, Saskatchewan pet hospital, for all your pup’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!