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Getting Your Dog Ready for Winter

Winter is just around the corner! As you start putting your summer things in storage and pulling out your winter goods, you may want to add a few doggy-related items to your to-do list. Read on as a local Carmel, IN vet offers some tips on getting Fido ready for the cold weather.

Bedding

Make sure that your canine buddy has a comfy bed to snuggle up in on those cold winter nights. Senior dogs and large breeds will enjoy the extra support of an orthopedic bed, while dogs with thin coats may like a heated bed.

Doghouse

If your four-legged friend has a doghouse, give it a good cleaning before the weather gets cold. You’ll also want to make sure your furry pal’s outdoor hangout is well-insulated, and raised up off the ground a bit, with the door facing away from prevailing winds. You can add thick strips of plastic to keep the wind out. That said, limit your pet’s outdoor time when it’s really cold out. Fido will be both happier and healthier indoors with his human buddies!

Paw Care

Snow, salt, sand, ice, and chemical de-icing agents can all do a number on your pet’s furry feet. Stock up on pet-friendly de-icing products, which are much easier on Fido. If your pooch won’t go for wearing booties, get some paw wax or balm. It’s also important to keep your canine pal’s nails and toe fur trimmed.

Food

If Fido spends a lot of time outdoors, he’ll burn extra calories in winter just staying warm, and may need bigger portions. Puppies, nursing mamas, and working dogs may also need extra food in cold weather. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations, including advice on supplements.

Clothes

While dogs with thick coats, like huskies, typically do just fine in cold weather, pups with thin coats get cold easily, and may need some extra protection. When shopping for Fido, always bring his measurements with you. (Tip: texting them to yourself is an easy way to do this.) Look for pieces that are machine-washable, and don’t have a lot of small parts, such as buttons, that your dog may try to eat. Also, never put your furry friend in anything that is tight or constricting.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Carmel, IN animal clinic, today!

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