Cold Weather Dog Care

Winter is officially here. Your canine pal may have a fur coat on, but he isn’t immune to those frigid temps! An Eau Claire, WI vet discusses caring for Fido when it’s cold out in this article.


Fido may spend a chunk of winter snoozing in his doggy bed, but he’ll still need some activity. Of course, your pup may not want to run or play outdoors much on cold days. You can play with your cute pet indoors! Play classic doggy games, like Fetch, or have your furry pal do stair runs. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Paw Care

Your pup’s sensitive paw pads can get cut or irritated from running around on snow, salt, and sand. Chemical de-icers can also irritate those furry feet. Paw balm or wax will form a protective barrier against these substances. We also advise getting pet-safe de-icing agents.


Fido’s fur helps protect him from the elements, but it isn’t enough to keep him warm on chilly days. Brushing your pup regularly will help, as it will remove dead fur and dander from his coat. It’s also important to keep your furry friend’s claws clipped.


Make sure that your canine buddy has a comfy bed to curl up in. A thin pad won’t be very comfortable, and won’t protect Fido from chilly floors. If your pooch has thin fur, he may very appreciate a thermal bed or a heated pad.


Hopefully this goes without saying, but you’ll need to limit your dog’s outdoor time when it’s chilly out. (If you have a snow dog, your four-legged friend may love the cold, but that’s another topic.)  Fido should live indoors, with the rest of the family.


Did you know that dehydration can be a problem in winter? Make sure Fido’s water isn’t in a chilly spot. Consider getting him a pet fountain.


Some dogs have slightly different dietary needs in winter. If Fido is very active, has thin fur, or spends a lot of time outdoors, he may need bigger portions. Supplements may also be helpful. Ask your vet for more information.


Be extra careful when walking Fido! Wear shoes or boots with good tread, and steer away from potential dangers, such as frozen ponds.

As your Eau Claire, WI veterinary clinic, we’re dedicated to offering great care. Call us today!

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