Getting Your Dog Ready for Winter

Fall is officially upon us! As you start getting ready for winter, keep your canine buddy in mind! In this article, a Colorado Springs, CO vet discusses getting Fido ready for winter.

Doggy Clothes

While some dogs, like huskies, are already prepared for cold weather, others may need an extra layer of warmth on chilly days. If your pup has a thin coat, he might need a doggy sweater when it gets cold. If Fido already has clothes, go through them and toss anything that is worn, stained, or torn. When shopping for your pooch, text yourself his measurements to ensure you have them with you. Always keep your dog’s comfort and safety in mind: avoid anything tight, itchy, or constricting, as well as anything with small parts, like buttons, which he may try to eat.

Bedding

A warm, comfy bed is definitely a must for Man’s Best Friend! Make sure Fido’s doggy bed is clean and comfortable, and is in a good spot that is free of drafts. Large breeds and seniors will appreciate the extra support of an orthopedic bed.

Doghouse

If your pooch has a doghouse, give it a good cleaning. Fido’s house should be well-insulated, and raised off the ground to keep snow and rain out. Make sure the door faces away from prevailing winds. You may also want to hang strips of carpet or plastic to serve as a door and keep the wind out.

Food

Some dogs need bigger portions in cold weather. If Fido is a senior, puppy, nursing mama, or working dog, or just spends a lot of time outdoors, he will burn extra calories just staying warm. Some pooches will also benefit from taking supplements. Ask your vet for nutritional recommendations.

Paw Care

This is a great time of year to spend some time outdoors with your canine companion! However, in winter, snow, salt, sand, ice, and chemical deicing products can all do a number on Fido’s furry feet. When buying deicers, opt for pet-friendly products. We also recommend keeping your pet’s nails and toe fur trimmed. You can also try putting booties on your furry buddy. If your pup doesn’t like wearing footwear, use paw balm or wax to protect his paws.

Please contact us, your Colorado Springs, CO animal clinic, with any questions about your pet’s health or care. We’re here to help!