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Winter Wellness: Keeping Your Canine Companion Healthy in the Cold

As winter approaches, it's time to turn our attention to the unique healthcare needs of our pets. Cold weather can pose challenges to our canine companions, but with a little extra care and attention, we can ensure they stay happy and healthy throughout the winter months.

Protecting Paws from the Cold:

Cold pavements and icy surfaces can be harsh on your dog's paw pads. Consider investing in doggy boots to protect their feet from the cold and potential irritants like salt or ice-melting chemicals. Wipe their paws after walks to remove any residue.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight:

Winter often means less outdoor activity, which can lead to weight gain. Adjust your dog's diet accordingly to prevent obesity-related health issues. If outdoor exercise is limited, engage in indoor activities and mental stimulation to keep them active.

Proper Shelter and Bedding:

Ensure your dog has a warm and dry shelter. If they spend extended periods outdoors, provide an insulated doghouse or a cosy spot with plenty of blankets. Elevate their bed to keep them off cold floors.

Our Domestic Beasts bed is absolutely perfect for this winter season. It is raised and has a self-heating topper. Find it here

Stay Active Indoors

Cold weather may limit outdoor playtime, but it's essential to keep your dog mentally and physically stimulated. Create indoor games, use puzzle toys, and engage in short training sessions to keep their minds active. This is the game I use with my dog.

Regular Grooming

Maintain your dog's coat to provide proper insulation. Regular grooming helps remove excess hair, prevents matting, and allows their skin to breathe. However, avoid shaving your dog's coat entirely in the winter, as their fur provides natural protection against the cold.

Stay Hydrated

While it might be colder, your dog still needs access to fresh water. Dehydration can occur in winter, especially if they consume a lot of dry kibble. Ensure they have access to water at all times.

By taking a proactive approach to your dog's winter wellness, you can ensure they stay healthy, happy, and comfortable during the colder months.

If you have specific concerns or questions about your dog's winter care, don't hesitate to reach out to your veterinarian for personalized advice.

Here's to a season filled with warmth, joy, and wagging tails!

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