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What are tips for caring for dogs in the winter?

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  • Check your dog’s paws for ice between the toes. Soothe cracked or red paws with petroleum jelly.
  • Small breeds with dogs with short hair may be cozier with a sweater.
  • Don’t leave pets in the car. Dogs left too long in a cold car can freeze to death.
  • Keep the dog inside. If they must sleep outside, have a dry, well-sealed doghouse with a floor that’s off the ground. Keep the doorway covered with a flap.
  • Feed the dog extra calories if they’re burning a lot of energy outside. Ask your vet if you should.

Watch out on walks: Snow and ice can take a toll on your dog’s paws. If he suddenly starts limping

From: Is Your Dog Ready for Winter? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: “Cold Weather Safety Tips.”

Jefferson County, CO, Animal Control: “Seasonal Pet Care.”

American Veterinary Medical Association: “Cold Weather Pet Safety.”

The Humane Society: “Protect Your Pet During Winter and Cold Weather.”

The Humane Society of Utah: “Cold Weather Care for Dogs.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on April 24, 2018

SOURCES:

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: “Cold Weather Safety Tips.”

Jefferson County, CO, Animal Control: “Seasonal Pet Care.”

American Veterinary Medical Association: “Cold Weather Pet Safety.”

The Humane Society: “Protect Your Pet During Winter and Cold Weather.”

The Humane Society of Utah: “Cold Weather Care for Dogs.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on April 24, 2018

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