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5 Tips For Keeping Your Pup Healthy This Winter

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
4 years ago

The chill has officially arrived, and we all know what that means: Winter is Coming (we know you Game of Thrones fans will understand). Unfortunately, the approximate 37% of American households that have a dog most likely can’t claim a dire wolf as their canine companion, so they have to prepare themselves and their pooches for the impending snow and cold.

Even though your dog is covered in fur and may seem to delight in the snow, there are still several measures you must take for your furry friend this coming winter in order to ensure their health, comfort, and safety. Read on to find out more:

Think About Coats
Dogs can have all sorts of different coats, but how well suited is it for winter? If you have a Siberian husky, you might be all set, but a smaller, Southern breed with a short coat will be shivering until April. Consider supplementing your dog’s coat by buying him or her a new one. (Leopard print is recommended.)

Think About Boots
Winter boots are essential for your family, so why not for your furry pal? Industrial, snow melting salt is a lot worse for the pads of your dog’s paws than it is for you. Consider investing in a pair of boots for your cutie.

Think About Antifreeze
Antifreeze commonly leaks from car radiators in the winter, and your dog may be tempted to lap some of it up. Be extremely vigilant of what your pooch is doing when you go out for walks, even if it’s early morning and freezing out.

Think About Vets
Winter can be really hard on pets, so schedule a check-up somewhere in the middle of the darkest months. This way, if you’ve noticedanything strange, you’ll already have an appointment booked. And if you don’t yet have insurance forpets, now may be the time to make the investment.

Think About Moisturizing
Yes, your dog can get dry, flaky, and often painful dry skin. If you notice cracking, don’t hesitate to apply coconut or fish oils to their coats.

Winter pet health and pet care is no joke, and it can be hard to remember our beloved animals get just as cold as you do. From investing in insurance for pets to tiny coats and boots, there are many ways to protect your furry friend from the cold.

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