Keeping Your Dog Happy & Healthy in Fall to Winter

When fall is here, winter’s just right around the corner. That means cold and colder. Your dog might love to cuddle up with you in front of the fireplace, but you guys can’t stay like that forever. Here’s how you can keep your favorite mutt safe and in good spirits this holiday season.

Keep Them Warm

Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid going outdoors, but when you and your dog don’t have to travel, staying indoors would probably be ideal. If it’s too cold for you to be outside without a coat on, it’s probably too cold for your pet as well. Dogs might be hairier than us humans, but that doesn’t make them immune to frigid temperatures. A dog in winter is a cold dog. Avoid the cold, wet paws by keeping your best bud inside.

Dog on a BlanketIndoor Exercise

When the weather isn’t ideal, staying indoors is the way to go. Unfortunately, hiding within the walls of a cozy house could lead your dog to become rather slothful. During fall and winter, dedicate some time out of your day for play. Since running around the yard isn’t much of an option when there’s snow and ice on the ground, find some fun physical activities that both you and your pet can enjoy.

Don’t Overfeed

It’s important for your dog to eat nutritious and calorie-rich meals during the colder months of the year–but don’t ever serve up an all-you-can-eat buffet. Some pet owners seem to think that packing on the pounds and an extra layer of fat is a good thing, but that just isn’t true. Most dogs live primarily indoors during the winter, and this often means decreased physical activity. Weight gain may induce laziness, and that’s a recipe for disease.

Bolster the Bedding

Keeping your dog in the winter warm is crucial to the health of the animal. Just like humans, dogs become more susceptible to illness when their core temperatures drop. Keep your dog nice and toasty by placing the bed in a warm spot in the home. Don’t neglect to pile on the blankets either.

Follow all these tips and you and your dog will spend these colder months as happy as you did this Spring and Summer!

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