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Keeping Your Dog Warm This Winter

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As temperatures drop around country, humans aren’t the only ones who need to keep warm.  The American Kennel Club advises dog owners to do the following:

  • Limit the time your dog spends outside.  Even if they really want to play in the snow, don’t leave them in the cold for long period of times.
  • Keep your dog warm, dry and away from drafts. Place pads and blankets on tiles and uncarpeted floors in your home because these areas can become extremely cold in the winter.
  • Be careful when you walk your dog near frozen lakes, rivers and ponds.
  • Groom your dog on a regular basis.  If your dog has short or coarse hair, consider buying them a sweater or coat.  Long-haired dogs should be fine without any clothes in the cold.
  • Since it takes more energy in the winter to keep body temperature regulated, feed your dog additional calories.  This is especially important if your dog spends a lot of time outside and/or is a working dog.
  • If your dog gets wet, towel or blow-dry them.  Don’t forget to dry and clean their paws, too.
  • Never leave your dog alone in the car. If the engine is left on, the carbon monoxide will endanger your dog’s life and if the engine is off, it will get too cold in the car.

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