It’s officially November which means winter isn’t far behind! Although Charleston winters are pretty mild, it is still a dramatic temperature adjustment that requires us to change our routines. As with any season, there are specific things to remember to keep your dog healthy in the colder temperatures!
Since it is going to get colder, you aren’t going to want to take your dog for as many long walks. Instead, try to only take short walks and focus more on playing with your furry friend inside. Many dog owners bring their dogs to doggie daycare to keep their pets active, especially during the busy holiday season! This is also a great time to work on training with your dog. Set a goal to teach Fido how to roll over or give paw by the end of the winter!
It’s also important to make sure your pup has the proper grooming. If you take too much hair off, your dog will be at a higher risk of hypothermia and frostbite when outside. Leaving too much hair on though, however, can make it harder to brush and wash which could lead to itchiness or mats in the hair. If you are worried about your loyal companion getting cold while outside, it’s a great idea to get him/her a jacket! Not only will your pup be the most fashionable dog on the block, but he/she will also be nice and warm!
You may find that your dog is more hungry during the colder months. When trying to stay warm, dogs burn more calories meaning they need to eat more. Don’t hesitate to ask your veterinarian to ensure that your dog is eating the proper amount!