Winter Dog Care Tips

Every season brings its own set of hazards to our furry pals. Winter is certainly no exception! Read on as a Green Bay, WI vet offers some tips on keeping Fido warm and comfy during the cold season.


First things first: make sure your furry buddy is warm and cozy inside, and that he has a comfy doggy bed. Even if your pooch has a yard and a doghouse, you should limit his outdoor time in frigid weather. (Of course, if you have a snow dog, like a husky, Fido may love playing in the snow, but that’s another topic.) Make sure your pup’s bed isn’t in a drafty area. If you have a senior dog, or a pup with thin fur, you may want to get him a thermal pet blanket.


Some pooches need to eat a bit more in cold weather. If your canine buddy is a working dog, a senior, has thin fur, or is very active, your vet may recommend bigger portion sizes at this time of year. Supplements can also be helpful for some dogs. For instance, fish oil can be beneficial for pets with arthritis or hip dysplasia.


This isn’t really the best time of year for playing Frisbee, so you’ll need to keep Fido moving inside when it gets really cold out. Try using a laser pointer for your furry friend to chase. You can play Fetch indoors, though you of course won’t want to do this in a spot with a lot of breakable items. Stair runs are another way to keep your pup active indoors.


Take extra care when walking Fido in winter. Snow can hide dangerous items, like broken glass, that could injure your dog. Ice is another concern. Don’t bring your canine friend out onto frozen bodies of water, or near riverbanks or other hazardous areas. It gets dark much earlier at this time of year, so keep a flashlight on your keychain, and keep nighttime walks short. You’ll also need boots or shoes with good treading.

Paw Care

Snow, salt, sand, and ice can all injure your dog’s paws. Stock up on pet-safe de-icers. You may also want to use paw balm to protect Fido’s feet.

Please contact us, your Green Bay, WI vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. We’re here for you!

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