Getting Fido Ready for Winter

Winter is just around the corner! As you start pulling your winter things out of storage, don’t forget about Fido! A Winnipeg, Manitoba vet discusses getting your dog ready for winter in this article.


If your pooch spends a lot of time outdoors, and/or is highly active, he may need to eat a bit more in winter. Fido will burn more calories than usual in cold weather just staying warm. Puppies, nursing mamas, and working dogs may also need bigger portion sizes. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.


Snow, salt, sand, chemicals, and ice can all do a number on Fido’s furry feet. Stock up on pet-safe de-icing agents.


Unless you take your pooch to the groomers, it may be a while before he gets a bath. You don’t want Fido soaking wet when it’s cold outside! Give your pup a good bath before the weather gets cold. In between baths, brush him daily, and use pet wipes if needed to keep his fur clean. Also, make sure his nails are trimmed. Overgrown nails make it hard for dogs to gain traction on slippery surfaces, like ice.


Make sure Fido has a comfy, cozy doggy bed to curl up in on those chilly nights. If you really want to pamper your canine companion, get him a heated doggy bed or a thermal pet blanket.


Does your pooch have thin fur? If so, he may need an extra layer of protection against the cold. When shopping for Fido, bring his measurements with you. Avoid anything with zippers or small parts, like buttons, that your pooch may try to eat. Make sure your canine buddy’s clothes fit well, and aren’t tight, itchy, or constricting. It’s also a good idea to stick with machine-washable items.


Dogs should always live indoors. Fido is a part of the family, and is both happier and healthier living with his human pals. However, if your furry friend has a doghouse in the yard, check it over and make sure that it is sound, clean, and well-insulated. It should also be raised off the ground a bit. You may want to hang thick strips of carpet or plastic in the door to keep the wind out.

Please contact us if we can ever be of assistance. As your Winnipeg, Manitoba animal hospital, we are here to help!

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