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Getting Your Dog Ready for Winter

Winter is just around the corner! Whether you’re anticipating the cool weather, or already looking forward to spring, you’ve likely got some preparations ahead of you. If you have a dog, you’ll also want to take steps to help your canine pal get ready for the cold season. Here, a Georgian Bay, ON vet discusses getting your pooch ready for winter.

Doghouse

If your furry buddy has a doghouse, this is the time to give it a good cleaning. Make sure Fido’s outdoor home is well-insulated, and raised off the ground a little. The opening should face away from prevailing winds.

Clothes

Some dogs need extra protection against cold weather. If your furry friend has a thin coat, he may need some doggy clothes. Make sure your pet’s clothes fit well, and are not tight or constricting. When shopping for Fido, always take his measurements with you. You also want to avoid itchy fabrics, and anything with small pieces, like buttons, that your fashion-forward pet may try to eat.

Food

Dogs often burn more calories than usual in cold weather, just staying warm. If your canine friend is a puppy, a senior dog, or a nursing mama, or if Fido spends a lot of time outdoors, he may need larger serving sizes in winter. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Beds

There’s nothing cuter than a dog peacefully sleeping when it’s cold outside! Make sure Fido has a warm, comfy bed to snuggle up in.

Nail Care

Overgrown nails are very uncomfortable for Fido, and can actually make it hard for him to gain traction on icy surfaces. Be sure to keep your pup’s nails trimmed! If you’re uneasy doing it yourself, just call us to schedule a pawdicure.

Paw Care

Salt, sand, and chemical deicers can be very hard on Fido’s paws, and can cause painful burns and abrasions. Choose pet-friendly de-icing products. We also recommend using paw wax, and wiping your pet’s furry feet down with a washcloth when you bring him in.

Senior Dogs

Older dogs often get stiff and sore in cold weather. If Fido is in his golden years, he may need some extra TLC. Ask your vet for advice on supplements, pain management treatment, and general care.

Please contact us, your Georgian Bay, ON animal clinic, anytime! We are here to provide your pet with excellent veterinary care.

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