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Six Suggestions For Keeping Your Dog Warm and Healthy This Winter

Whether you have an indoor or outdoor dog, it’s important to make sure that your best friend is warm and cozy this winter. While dogs have their own fur coat, that will only go so far in keeping them safe when temperatures drop below freezing. Here are a few thing you can do to ensure that your favorite four-legged family members are warm and safe in any weather.

Add a Heater
If you have outdoor dogs, including Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies, invest in heated dog beds for their dog house. When the weather turns dangerously cold, bring them inside for safety. If you have an indoor dog with short hair, like Dobermans and Greyhounds, they will love you even more if you give them a heated bed for sleeping.

Get the Bed off the Floor
Whether the bed is heated or not, get it off the floor. This is particularly important for outdoor dogs where the frozen ground will make the bed feel cold. If you have a larger breed and cannot elevate the bed, then add blankets for extra insulation or warmth.

Start a Wardrobe
Dog coats and sweaters aren’t just to make your dog look cute. Short-haired and smaller breeds can benefit from the clothes as they block the wind and help your pet stay warm. The pads of their feet can freeze, so use special dog booties for warmth. The booties also help protect their foot pads from damaging salt and ice.

Invest in Regular Grooming
Grooming is important in spring and summer to help thin the coat and catch stray hairs. It’s just as important in winter to prevent mats and keep the coat fluffy. As a dog’s coat becomes matted, it’s less efficient at insulating the animal and keeping her warm. Avoid clipping fur in the winter, and only bathe your dog indoors. Make sure he’s completely dry before letting him go outside. If your dog doesn’t wear booties on the snow and ice, then take the time to clean the pads of his feet after every walk.

Keep a Towel by the Door
When your dog comes in soaking wet from the snow, you need to make sure he or she is dried properly. Use towels to absorb as much moisture from the fur as possible. Don’t let your pet go outside again until they’re dry.

Increase Feeding Levels
You don’t want to overfeed your dog and encourage obesity, but your pet will burn more calories when she goes outside in the winter. Speak with your vet about the proper calorie level for your dog based on activity level, size and weather conditions.

Cold Weather Gear for You, Your Home, and Your Pet.

You love your pet and want to keep him safe and warm this winter. Watch the weather reports and make sure that outdoor dogs are brought inside when the temperatures drop too much. Limit how much time your dog spends outside, and invest in jackets for short-haired breeds. Move their bedding closer to the heating register, or invest in heated options to help the stay warm and cozy no matter how cold the winter becomes.

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