As the weather goes up and down during the winter months, we wanted to provide you with some quick-hit tips for the holiday season through the new year. Whether it’s cold, windy, or rainy, it’s important to consider your pet’s health and well-being during dramatic weather changes.
The cold winter temperatures can lead to dry, flakey skin. Bathing your dog too often can make that worse, because it removes moisturizing essential oils. Also, keep your pup’s wintertime haircut a bit longer than his summertime haircut. The extra fur provides helpful insulation.
Just because it isn’t hot outside doesn’t mean your pup doesn’t need plenty of fresh water. Staying hydrated is a good idea year-round, but during the cold and dry winter months, it will help his skin to stay hydrated, too.
Dry off well after time outdoors
Towel dry your dog after he comes in from the cold. Be sure to remove all salt, ice, chemicals, and snowballs from between his foot pads. On your own property, be sure to use a pet-safe ice melter.
Wear a coat and/or booties
You aren’t the only one who needs a winter coat during those frigid walks. Some dogs, especially smaller breeds with short hair, should also wear protective gear, like coats and booties.
If it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your dog. When the temperature drops really low, it’s better to stay inside, only allowing your dog to go outside for quick bathroom breaks. Even large-breed dogs with thick coats can succumb to freezing winter temperatures, so never leave them outside unattended.
Keep your pet at a healthy weight
Animals burn more calories trying to stay warm during the winter months. If your pet is currently at a healthy weight, think about giving him a bit more food with his meals to help him maintain his weight.
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