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Is Your Dog Ready for Winter?

As winter approaches, many of us are reluctantly taking our warm clothes out of storage and sadly putting away our summer things. Your dog will see to his own wardrobe change, but as a responsible pet parent, you’ll want to take a few steps to get your canine buddy is ready for winter. Below, a Newmarket, ON vet discusses preparing Fido for cold weather.

Grooming

Brushing Fido regularly will keep his coat free of mats and tangles. This will help maximize the insulating properties of his fur, which will keep him warmer when the thermometer drops. Be sure to keep those nails trimmed: overgrown claws can make it harder for your pup to gain traction on slippery surfaces.

Bedding

Make sure your furry pal has a warm, comfy bed to snuggle up in on those cold winter nights. Senior dogs and large pooches may really appreciate the extra support of an orthopedic bed.

Diet

Some dogs may need to eat a little more in winter. If your pup spends a lot of time outside, or is sick, elderly, a puppy, a nursing mama, or a working dog, he may need some extra calories in cold weather. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Doghouse

Dogs are part of the family, and are always happier and more comfortable living indoors. If Fido does spend a lot of time in his doghouse, make sure it’s in good condition before the weather gets cold. Give it a thorough cleaning, and make sure it is well insulated.

Paw Care

Salt, snow, ice, sand, and chemical de-icers can all hurt Fido’s sensitive paw pads. If your pooch won’t tolerate wearing booties, pick up a paw balm or wax to protect his paws, and wipe those furry feet down after every walk.

Clothing

Pups with thick coats, such as huskies, can actually overheat in clothes, but dogs with thin fur need extra protection from the cold. When shopping for Fido, be sure not to choose anything with small parts, such as buttons, that he could possibly try to eat, as they could choke him. You’ll also want to be sure not to put your pooch in anything that is very tight or constricting.

Do you have any questions about caring for your canine pal? We are here to help! Please feel free to contact us, your Newmarket, ON vet clinic, anytime.

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