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Winter Care

Dogs are capable of getting hypothermia and frostbite so it is best not to leave your dog unattended when temperatures drop. Wind chill factors can unquestionably alter the accuracy of a thermometer, so keep your dog healthy and warm this winter with these useful guidelines.

Extra Calories
Feeding your dog additional calories throughout the winter months will help him regulate his body temperature, particularly if your dog spends a good deal of time outdoors. If you have a thick coated breed, you may need to feel through the thick fur to make certain your dog is receiving enough calories to maintain his ideal body weight.

Provide plenty of clean, unfrozen drinking water at all times. Most farm stores and pet catalogs carry electrically heated outdoor waterers. This is an ideal method for preventing your dog's water from freezing in the most frigid conditions.

Like humans, cold temperatures and wet climates can cause your dog’s joints and muscles to become painful. If your dog has already been diagnosed with arthritis you may reconsider keeping him out doors for the winter. You may also need to consult with your dog’s veterinarian about making him a little more comfortable with either an over the counter or prescription medication.