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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!

Caring for a Pregnant Dog

Do you know or suspect that your dog is pregnant? Congratulations! Fifi will need some extra TLC over the next several weeks. Here, a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet discusses caring for a pregnant pooch.

Is Fifi Pregnant?

It’s not always easy to tell if your canine pal is pregnant. Some common signs of doggy pregnancy include swollen nipples and a growing belly. Pregnant pooches often also become extra loving and cuddly. However, it isn’t uncommon for dogs that aren’t pregnant to show symptoms. If you think your dog may be pregnant, have her examined by a vet for an official answer. If Fifi is pregnant, ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. Your vet will also be able to give you information on due dates and the number of puppies you can expect. This is very important, because if your furry pal delivers fewer puppies than expected, you’ll know you need to take her to emergency care.

Food

Offer Fifi a premium brand of dog food. Towards the end of her gestation, your vet may recommend increasing her serving sizes and switching over to a puppy food. Consult your vet before giving your canine friend any vitamins or supplements.

Exercise

While you definitely don’t want to overexert Fifi, she will still need some activity. Daily walks are a great way to give your furry pal some exercise without overdoing it. If your pet seems tired, just let her rest. If Fifi jogs or is a working dog, ask your vet for advice on her activity needs.

Medicine

Be extremely careful about medicating a pregnant pup. Some products and medicines are safe for expecting pooches, but others are not. Ask your vet before giving Fifi any medications. (Of course, it’s best to simply keep up with your dog’s vaccinations, exams, and parasite control products, so your pooch is current before becoming pregnant.)

Whelping Box

As the time approaches, you’ll want to buy or make Fifi a whelping box for giving birth and nursing. Put it in a spot that is quiet and somewhat private, but not completely isolated. Add some towels and old blankets to make it comfy. Set this out a few weeks before your pup’s due date, so she can get used to it.

Call us, your Saskatoon, Saskatchewan pet hospital, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s care. We’re here to help!