As the temperature drops and winter draws nearer, many dogs feel the cold as much as their owners do. Keeping your dog warm through the winter months is important to maintaining top health, and with these helpful hints, your dog will be cozy all throughout the season.
A thick winter coat is a dog's insulation; it aids in keeping them warm. Dogs that don't share this characteristic and are more susceptible to the winter chill include dobermans, toy dogs, low hair or hairless dogs, and greyhounds. Any shaven or clipped dog will also fall into this category. Elderly dogs will feel the cold even more than young spritely dogs. You may find your elderly dog slowing down in the morning or down right refusing to get out of bed, see our page Caring For Elderly Dogs In Winter.
If your dog is kept outside, ensure that he/she has access to a kennel with warm bedding. Look for a kennel that has protection at the entrance for those rainy seasons like this flat roof kennel that comes with detachable door flaps.