Your dog will stay snug and warm with our handy recommendations.
- The old and the young are particularly sensitive to the cold and more likely to suffer in extreme temperatures. Pay close attention to puppies and older dogs in the cold weather and react promptly if you sense discomfort.
- Proper nourishment helps a dog endure the vicissitudes of winter. Dogs who spend a lot of time outdoors may need to eat more than they do in other seasons because they are expending more energy coping with the cold.
- Snow is not a source of drinking water for dogs. You still must provide plenty of fresh water when your dog is outdoors. Change the water several times a day and do not let it freeze. If installed properly and checked regularly, electrically-heated water bowls are an option.
- Examine your dog's paws before he comes back in the house, do so several times a day if your dog spends most of his day outdoors. To prevent trapped moisture from causing sores, remove any snow or ice packed between the toes of your dog's footpads and wipe his paws.
- Clip your dog's nails and trim the hair between her toes and on the bottom of her feet. Long nails interfere with your dog's traction on icy surfaces, and hair collects snow that turns to ice balls.
- Booties can help protect your dog's feet from cold and from road salt and deicing chemicals.
- Low humidity and heat from fireplaces can cause dry skin and shedding. Brush your dog frequently to get rid of dead hair and skin and to stimulate oil glands.
- When you stock up on essentials like candles and canned goods before a major snowstorm, don't forget dog food and any medications your dog may need. A canine first-aid kit, available at pet supply stores, is a sensible precaution, too.
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