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Caring for Your Dog in Winter

Does your dog love playing in the snow? Or does Fido only go outside for a few minutes on frigid days? Our canine buddies may have fur coats on, but they are by no means impervious to cold weather. In fact, you may want to take some extra precautions to keep your furry best friend happy and healthy in winter. Read on as a Wake Forest, NC vet discusses winter care for dogs.

Clothing

Dogs with thin coats may need clothes to keep them warm on those frigid days. This isn’t the case with all of our canine friends, however. Some breeds, like huskies, can actually overheat in doggy clothes. If you do want to buy your pup some clothes, avoid items that are too tight or constricting, as well as those with small parts, like buttons, that Fido could potentially try to eat. It’s also important to brush your pet regularly, to get the dust and dead fur out of his coat.

Food

Your furry pal may need to eat more than usual during the winter. Fido will burn extra calories just staying warm in cold weather. Some pooches may also benefit from certain supplements. Ask your vet for nutritional recommendations.

Comfort

Dogs are just as uncomfortable in freezing weather as people are. Senior dogs, puppies, nursing mamas, and pups with thin fur are particularly susceptible to the effects of cold weather. Ask your vet for specific advice. We also recommend making sure Fido has a comfy bed to snuggle up in.

Paw Care

Fido’s can get painful abrasions on his paws from walking on salt, snow, sand, ice, or chemical deicers. You also want to be careful when bringing your pet out just after a snowfall, as fresh snow can hide dangerous objects, like broken glass. Choose pet-safe deicing products, and use paw balm or wax to protect those furry feet. We also recommend wiping your canine pal’s paws down daily with a damp cloth. Last but not least, remember to keep your dog’s nails trimmed.

Veterinary Care

Keeping up with Fido’s veterinary care is very important! If your pooch has arthritis, or is in his golden years, he may also benefit from pain management treatments. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Wake Forest, NC pet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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