Guest Blogger: Bernie Boxer
Winter brings special challenges to dog owners. When temperatures drop and freezing weather moves in, you’ll need to take extra measures to ensure your dog is safe and comfortable. Here are some tips for managing hazards the season brings.
Winter wellness. Chilly weather can aggravate certain medical conditions such as arthritis. If your dog hasn’t seen your veterinarian prior to winter, it’s important to make an appointment for an exam. What’s more, as the American Veterinary Medical Association points out, dogs who are in top physical condition fare best facing winter weather.
Know your pooch. Every dog is different, and just like people some mind the cold more than others. There are physical factors that can affect how well your dog tolerates colder conditions, such as body fat stores and coat length. Age and medical conditions can also weigh into your dog’s comfort during winter. Bear all this in mind and make choices based on your dog’s personal comfort zone. For example, dogs with shorter coats or who tend to get chilly benefit from a sweater or jacket when they go outside to potty. Continue reading