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Winter Health Check for Your Dog

  • 28 January 2018
  • Pet Wants

Although we’re past the rush of the holiday season, the colder temperatures of winter are still present. Given how many people get sick at least once during this time of the year, you may be wondering if there’s anything special you need to do for your dog’s health. To fully answer that question, we’ve put together the most important topics to address for your pet’s winter health:

Schedule a Vet Visit

Between the colder winter weather and the start of a new year, it’s the perfect time to schedule a checkup with your vet. Harsh weather can aggravate many health conditions that dogs may have. By getting into your vet’s office for a checkup, you’ll be able to identify any issues that require additional attention or care.

Grooming Your Dog

If you’ve ever dealt with dry hair or skin during the winter, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this can be an issue for your dog as well. One of the best things you can do to keep your pet’s coat and skin healthy is consistent grooming. Regularly brushing your dog’s hair can prevent clumps that can hold moisture. You’ll also want to keep the hair around your dog’s feet short so that ice can’t cling to it.

Bedding and Shelter

Smaller dogs generally spend most of their time during the winter indoors. But even if you have a bigger dog who enjoys being outside in colder weather, it’s important to take steps to prevent the cold from becoming overwhelming. Regardless of how much time you dog spends outside during the winter, you need to have a dry and insulated space that your pet can easily access if it’s feeling too cold. If you put blankets in this space, make sure you regularly check them for any signs of dampness.

Feeding and Hydrating Your Dog

Proper hydration is just as important for dogs during the winter as it is throughout the hotter months of the year. You’ll want to regularly check outdoor water bowls to ensure they’re not frozen. As far as feeding your dog goes, a common question is if you need to change the amount of food you give your dog.

In most cases, the answer to that question is no. You can monitor your dog’s weight to ensure it’s not losing or gaining a significant amount. The good news is as long as you’re using a balanced food like Pet Wants, your dog will get all the nutrients it needs without requiring any changes to its caloric intake.

In the event you do notice your dog gaining weight, you may want to our less active/senior dog food blend. This nutritionally complete & balanced blend is formulated to meet the food nutrient profile for a dog’s maintenance needs.