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Caring for a Dog in Winter

Can you believe winter is almost upon us? Don’t forget to include Fido in your winter preparations! Below, a local Oconomowoc, WI vet discusses caring for your canine buddy during the cold season.

Weather

Our canine friends are much happier and more comfortable indoors. If Fido does spend a lot of time outside, make sure he has a cozy shelter.

Paw Care

Snow, sand, salt, ice, and chemical de-icers can all hurt your canine pal’s sensitive paw pads. If your pooch won’t go for wearing booties, use paw balm or paw wax to protect those cute furry feet. We also recommend wiping Fido’s paws down after each walk.

Clothes

Dogs with thin fur may need a little extra protection against that brutal winter cold. When shopping for your pup, take his measurements with you, so you can get a better idea of what will fit him. Avoid anything that is very tight or constricting. You also want to be cautious of trappings that could possibly be choking hazards, such as buttons.

Bedding

Everyone loves snuggling into a warm, cozy bed when it’s cold out. Fido is no exception! Make sure your pooch has a comfy bed to keep him warm. Senior dogs and larger breeds may appreciate the extra support of an orthopedic bed.

Food

Be sure that your furry pal is eating a good, high-quality diet. Some dogs may need to eat a bit more in winter. If Fido is a senior dog, a puppy, a working dog, or ill, or even if he just spends a lot of time outdoors, he may need some extra calories to keep him warm. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Grooming

Make sure to keep Fido’s coat brushed. Removing tangles and dead fur will help keep your canine buddy’s coat healthy, and maximize its insulating properties. Don’t forget to keep your furry pal’s nails trimmed, either. Overgrown nails can affect your dog’s gait, and make it harder for him to get traction on slippery surfaces.

Ice

Man’s Best Friend definitely loves to explore. That sense of adventure can lead your pup right into trouble! Don’t let Fido loose around frozen bodies of water. It would be much too easy for your canine pal to run out onto thin ice.

Does your canine buddy need shots or an exam? Call us, your local Oconomowoc, WI veterinary clinic, today!

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