Winter Care for Dogs

Winter Care for Dogs

Winter is on the way! Whether you are looking forward to skiing and snowmobiling, or already waiting for spring, you’ve likely already stowed away your summer things and pulled out your winter wardrobe. You may also want to make some minor changes to your pet’s care routine at this time of year, to keep Fido safe and happy. Read on as a local Park County, CO vet discusses winter care for dogs.


If Fido is outdoors a lot, he will burn more calories than usual in cold weather, just staying warm. Working dogs, nursing mamas, and dogs that spend a lot of time outside will all need bigger portion sizes in winter. Ask your vet for specific recommendations on your pup’s diet.


If you have a dog with a thick coat, like a husky, your canine buddy will do just fine in winter without clothes. Dogs with thinner fur, however, will need some extra protection from the cold. When shopping for Fido, bring his measurements with you. (Tip: text them to yourself, so you always have them.) Avoid anything tight, itchy, or constricting, as well as items with zippers, buttons, or other small parts. Look for something that is machine washable and made of breathable fabrics.

Paw Care

Doggy paw pads are very sensitive, and can easily be damaged by ice, salt, sand, and chemical de-icing agents. If your four-legged pal won’t go for wearing doggy booties, use paw balm or wax to protect his furry feet. Also, be sure to choose pet-friendly de-icing products.


Did you know that brushing your four-legged friend regularly can help him stay warmer? Dead fur, dust, and dander all decrease the insulating properties of your pet’s coat. Remember to offer Fido treats and ear scritches after his beauty sessions!

Keeping Fido Warm

While some dogs—like huskies—are well-suited to cold weather, others get cold very quickly. Limit your pet’s outdoor time in cold weather. If you have a yard for your furry buddy to play in, make sure Fido has a good shelter outdoors, and don’t leave him outside longer than he is comfortable. Also, make sure your canine pal has a nice, comfy bed to snuggle up in.

Is your pet due for veterinary care? We are always here to help! Please feel free to contact us, your local Park County, CO vet clinic, anytime!

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