How to Keep Your Dog Warm During the WinterJan 12, 2015
Keeping your dog warm during the coldest winter months can be challenging. Here are some tips to ensure winter coziness for your canine best friend. 1. Avoid shaving or cutting your dog‚Äôs hair, a full coat will keep your pet warm during the winter. 2. Continue grooming regularly so your dog‚Äôs hair does not get matted. Matted hair won‚Äôt provide as much warmth or protection from snow. 3. Protect your pet‚Äôs paws by investing in a pair of dog booties. The salt on the streets and sidewalks in winter can irritate the pads of your dog‚Äôs feet. 4. If your furry friend won‚Äôt wear booties, keep the hair around the paw pads well-trimmed and wipe all paws with a damp towel after your dog has been outside. 5. Watch out for frostbite! Shorter hair and hairless breeds are most vulnerable. If you think your dog may have frostbite, call your vet immediately and apply a warm soak to the afflicted area. Do not rub or massage. 6. Be sure your dog has access to clean, unfrozen water. If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, purchase a heated bowl. 7. Limit outdoor time by taking shorter walks. Only stay outside long enough for your pup to get some exercise. 8. If your house is chilly, place a hot water bottle under your dog‚Äôs bed to warm it. 9. Keep your pet bundled up with a sweater or coat made for dogs. Warm it up in the dryer before dressing your pet to brave the cold. 10. Feed your dog a little more, especially if your dog spends a lot of time outdoors. Keeping warm in the winter months requires more calories.