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Preparing your East Haven pup for winter: Keeping them cozy and healthy

Dachshund, black and tan miniature purebred dog wearing winter j

As winter descends upon East Haven, it brings along chilly temperatures, snow-covered landscapes, and icy conditions. Just as we adjust our wardrobes and activities to navigate the winter months, our furry companions also need special care to ensure they stay happy and healthy. Here are some simple tips and suggestions to make sure your canine friend enjoys the winter season to the fullest.

1. Skin and coat care

The cold air and biting winds of winter can take a toll on your dog's skin and coat. If you're accustomed to giving your dog a weekly bath, consider extending the time between baths during the winter months. Frequent bathing can strip their coat of essential oils, leading to dryness and dandruff.

To combat dry skin, you can use a moisturizer specially formulated for dogs. If you notice your pup scratching more than usual, it might be a sign of dryness. Adding natural supplements like coconut or fish oil to their food can boost skin health, providing essential fatty acids that promote a glossy coat and alleviate itching.

2. Coats and boots for extra protection

While some dog breeds, like Malamutes and Huskies, are bred for cold weather, others with thinner coats may need additional protection. Invest in a comfortable coat for your dog, especially if they have short or fine fur. A well-fitted coat can keep them warm and shielded from the biting cold, wind, and ice during the wintertime.

For dogs whose paws are sensitive to the cold or prone to cracking, consider getting booties. Booties provide insulation and protect their paws from ice, salt, and other harsh winter elements. Not only do they keep your dog's feet warm, but they also prevent potential injuries.

3. Ensure proper hydration

Even though the sun might be hidden behind clouds, it's crucial to keep your dog hydrated during the winter. Cold weather can be deceptively drying, and maintaining adequate hydration is essential for your pup's overall well-being. Regularly check and refill their water bowls to ensure they have access to fresh water.

Proper hydration supports essential bodily functions, including brain function and internal organ health. Additionally, it helps regulate body temperature, a crucial factor in staying comfortable during the winter. Adequate water intake also contributes to maintaining a healthy coat.

4. Mind the cold: Limit outdoor exposure

While some dogs revel in the snow, others may not tolerate the cold as well. Pay attention to your dog's behavior and body language during outdoor activities. If you notice shivering, reluctance to walk, or lifting of paws, it's a sign that they may be too cold. Limit their time outdoors in extreme cold weather and provide a warm and cozy shelter when needed.

5. Paw care for frosty adventures

Winter walks can expose your dog's paws to cold surfaces, ice, and salt used on roads. Check their paws for signs of cracking, irritation, or ice build-up after each outing. Consider applying pet-safe paw balms or booties (like we mentioned in our above tip!) to protect their sensitive paw pads from the harsh winter elements. Keeping their paws in top condition ensures a more comfortable and enjoyable winter outdoor experience.

By incorporating these five simple tips into your winter care routine, you can rest assured that your furry friend will have a delightful and comfortable winter season. Embrace the snowy landscapes and enjoy outdoor activities with your pup, making memories that will last a lifetime.

Experience a cozy winter with DoodyCalls of Western Connecticut

At DoodyCalls of Western Connecticut, we understand the importance of keeping your outdoor space clean and enjoyable for both you and your canine companion. As your local pet waste removal experts, we offer reliable services to ensure a pristine environment, even in the winter months. Let us handle the dirty work while you and your pup make the most of the snowy season. Call DoodyCalls of Western Connecticut today and experience the joy of a worry-free winter with your furry friend.