Winter Dog Care Tips

Winter is closing in fast! Temperatures can drop pretty quickly at this time of year. You may also notice your canine buddy giving you an accusing look, as though you were responsible for the cold. Fido may have a fur coat on, but he isn’t immune to the cold! Read on for some winter dog care tips from a Michigan City, IN veterinarian.

Protect Those Paws

Snow, salt, sand, ice, and chemical de-icers can all do a number on your four-legged pal’s delicate paw pads. Use paw balm or wax to protect and moisturize Fido’s furry feet. You can also try putting booties on him, though not all dogs will go for this.

Offer Comfy Bedding

Fido will probably spend a good chunk of winter in his doggy bed, dreaming of squirrel-chasing weather. Give him a thick, comfy bed, one that will both cushion his bones and joints and protect him from chilly floors.

Keep Up With Grooming

In summer, many people walk their dogs after bathing them, so they can dry off outside, but this really isn’t a good option in winter. Be sure to brush Fido regularly. Removing that dust, dead fur, and dander from his coat will actually keep him warmer, as these things make his fur less efficient at insulating him from the cold. You may also want to consider taking him to a salon!

Ask About Supplements

As Fido ages, he may become stiff and sore, just as many older people do. Supplements can help quite a bit here. For instance, fish oil and glucosamine are both highly recommended for pups with arthritis. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Limit Outdoor Time

Did you know that it’s now a felony in many places to keep dogs outdoors in winter? That’s one change we’re thrilled to see. Fido will still need fresh air, exercise, and potty breaks, but don’t leave him outside too long. (Of course, if you have a snow dog, like a husky, you may have trouble convincing FIdo to come in, but that’s another topic.)

Keep The Pup Active

Many pups get a bit pudgy during the winter! Fido probably won’t be going on many hikes or long walks until it warms up, so keep him active indoors with fun play sessions.

As your Michigan City, IN animal clinic, we’re here to help! Please feel free to call us anytime!

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