Fall is here! It won’t be long now before the cold weather hits. As you start pulling your winter things out of storage, you’ll also want to make sure your canine buddy is also prepared for the cold. A McHenry, IL vet discusses getting Fido ready for winter in this article.
If your pup has thin fur, he’ll need another layer of protection from frigid weather. Go through your furry pal’s wardrobe, and make sure that everything fits well and is still in good shape. Don’t put Fido in anything that is tight, hot, or itchy, or anything that restricts his vision or movement.
Give Fido’s bedding a good wash. Use hot water and unscented detergent. If your pooch is a senior dog and/or has a thin coat, he may appreciate a heated pet or a thermal blanket.
As the weather cools, fleas and ticks will be looking for warm places to hunker down. Make sure Fido is current on his parasite control products!
Salt and sand are both rough on Fido’s delicate paw pads. Stock up on pet-safe de-icing agents. You’ll also want to get some paw balm, which will protect your four-legged pal’s paws and keep them moisturized. If your canine buddy hates walking on the snow, buy or make him some booties.
Man’s Best Friend is very loyal and loving, and will be both happier and healthier living indoors with his humans. However, if Fido has a doghouse, make sure that it’s well-insulated and raised up off the ground a bit. The door should face away from prevailing winds. Hanging thick strips plastic or carpet will also help keep it warmer.
Before it gets cold, give your furry friend a good bath. Of course, all dogs have different grooming needs. If Fido needs monthly baths, you may want to take him to a groomer in winter, as you can’t really let him dry off by running around outside the way you can in summer.
If Fido is a working dog, a senior, and/or spends a lot of time outdoors, he may need bigger portions in winter, as he’ll burn extra calories just keeping warm. Ask your vet for specific advice.
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