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Help your dog face the winter



The winter is a harsh season for all. People and animals can have a hard time coping with the cold temperatures. Most dog owners in Kathmandu leave their dogs to brave out the cold by themselves. Most of the local dogs have developed themselves to survive the cold but there are many breeds that aren’t meant to be kept outdoors. With temperatures plummeting to near freezing, the valley can be a real cold place in the winter. As owners of pets, it is your responsibility to see that your pet has adequate comfort and protection from the cold.

Make sure your dog’s house is well aerated. A poorly aerated dog house can be damp and moldy. Provide a warm blanket for him to sleep on.

Groom your dog regularly. Your dog needs a well-groomed coat to keep properly insulated. Short- or coarse-haired dogs may get extra cold, so consider a sweater or coat.
Just as our skin tends to dry and become flakier during the winter, our pet's skin may dry out, too, causing his coat to lose insulating ability. If you notice flaking skin, or "doggie dandruff", or a lusterless coat, you might want to add a tablespoon or two of vegetable oil to his food.

 

It takes more energy in the winter to keep body temperature regulated so feed your dog additional calories in the winter, specially if it spends a lot of time outdoors or is a working animal.

 

Provide plenty of fresh water. Your dog is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer.


Towel or blow-dry your dog if it gets wet from rain. It is important to dry and clean its paws, too. This helps avoid tiny cuts and cracked pads. A little petroleum jelly may soften the pads and prevent further cracking.

 

Like people, dogs seem to be more susceptible to illness in the winter. Take your dog to a veterinarian if you see any suspicious symptoms.

 
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