Cold Weather Care For Your Dog

by DFS-Pet-Blog on December 22, 2010

**Guest post from Ellen B.**

Cold weather can pose a few challenges for pet owners.


Watch this video with veterinarian Dr. Scott McKay for tips and important info that will help you keep your dog healthy and safe during cold weather.


Topics Include:

  • Frostbite: What are the signs of frostbite and what should I do if I suspect my pet has frostbite?
  • Paw Care: How do I take care of my dog’s feet in the cold?
  • Nutritional modifications that help during cold weather.
  • Extra Layers: Should I dress my dog for cold weather?
  • Exercise: Is it ever too cold to take my dog for a walk? If so, how do I exercise exercise my dog indoors?
  • Hypothermia: Is there a danger of hypothermia for dogs, and how cold is too cold for outdoor dogs?


Recommended Cold Weather Essentials for Dogs:

Cheyenne Shearling Dog Coat

Cheyenne Shearling Dog Coat

Drs. Foster & Smith Self-Warming Crate Pad

Drs. Foster & Smith Self-Warming Crate Pad

Indoor/Outdoor Heated Pad for Dogs

Indoor/Outdoor Heated Pad for Dogs

Dog Clothing

Dog Clothing

Mushers Secret Paw Care

Mushers Secret Paw Care

Muttluks Hott Doggers Dog Boots

Muttluks Hott Doggers Dog Boots

Muttluks Dog Boots

Muttluks Dog Boots

Ice Melt-Down It's not salt! It's better!

Ice Melt-Down It's not salt! It's better!


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Rosemary December 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I would add one VERY important item about outdoor dogs. Proper shelter and bedding are probably the most important thing they need. There was a very sad incident on the news down here last year when an outdoor dog froze to death during a freezing spell. The temperatures were down into the upper teens/low twenties (extreme temperatures for the Gulf Coast), and the poor dog had only a bottomless, plywood box, and absolutely no bedding. Animal Services seized all of the remaing dogs, including two baby puppies. The other dogs seized also had no floors or bedding in their houses, and all were severley underweight.

I’ve set up a couple of doghouses in my carport, and put hay in them. The dogs can curl up in them while the are outside, but I also set the timer to remind myself to bring them in if the temperatures go into the forties or lower. When we walk, they have coats that they hate, but wear anyway. I’ve also set up houses filled with hay for my neighbor’s cats, since they live outside. I’ve been feeding and watering them since this spring, so whats a little more?

Speaking of my neighbor’s cats, I’ve had one female spayed this month, with three more girls and a boy to go. Of course, it is purely self-preservation on my part. I don’t want to be feeding a hundred cats in a couple of years.

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