We are in the middle of winter but it is not too late to think about and access if you are keeping your dog warm enough in your house and outside. Here are some thoughts and tips.

  1. Do not cut dog’s fur or shave in winter months. A full coat gives an extra layer of warmth.
  2. Make sure your dog’s fur is not matted. Matted fur is not efficient in keeping a pet warm. Regular brushing helps insure a healthy coat.
  3. Bathe your dog less in winter. If you must bathe your pet, use warm water and make sure your animal is completely dry when done.
  4. Is your dog sleeping on a cold floor? Try to keep the bed raised and away from cold drafty areas.
  5. If possible, walk your dog late morning or early afternoon when temperature tends to be warmer.
  6. Consider a dog sweater or coat for extra warmth.
  7. A sure sign a pet is cold is when it starts to shiver outdoors. It is imperative that you bring the pet inside as soon as possible. Puppies and older dogs are more susceptible to the cold.
  8. Keep dogs away from frozen bodies of water which may have thin ice.
  9. Pay attention to your dogs paws. Wipe or wash your furry friend’s paws after going outside.
  10. Check your dog’s paws for any cracks, cuts, and scrapes. Consider using Vaseline or similar products to help soften paws.
  11. Finally, make sure your special friend has enough water to drink. Dogs can get dehydrated in the winter months.

Many of the rules above apply to cats as well.

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