Fortunately, winters in McAllen can be relatively calm and not as frozen as those up north. However, temperatures can plummet enough to make your pups uncomfortable and miserable if you don’t take the proper measures to keep them warm. At Valley Animal Hospital, our veterinarians know your pets are an integral part of your family and in this two-part series, we’ll show you how to properly take care of them during the cold winter months.

Don’t let the winter months have a negative impact on your pup’s life. Valley Animal Hospital is here to help.

Making a Choice

Chances are your pooch loves the outdoors and stays in the backyard for as long as possible. However, if the weather turns icy cold, you might want to keep your pups indoors until temperatures rise again.

More than Just a Coat

When temperatures drop significantly, a thick coat may not be enough to keep you warm while you’re out and about. The same applies to your dogs. Their fur coats will not provide the protection they need when the weather turns icy, but there are steps you can take to prevent them from freezing. A warm, dry and draft-free shelter can be just what your pups need to stay warm and cozy outside.

Keep the Food Coming…

Outdoor animals use more energy to stay warm when temperatures begin to drop, which is why they eat a lot more during the winter months. To help keep them running hot, make sure to provide enough food throughout the day. Additionally, make it a habit to constantly check their water bowls. The last thing your pup wants is to find that his water has turned into a miniature skating rink.

…But Not for Everyone

Unlike outdoor dogs, indoor dogs conserve their energy by taking longer and more-frequent naps. This means their diet will differ from their outside counterpart’s. Since your indoor dog will exercise a lot less during the winter months, it’s important to adjust his diet accordingly to keep him from getting a little too plump.

Stay Tuned for More!

At Valley Animal Hospital in McAllen, we know your furry friends mean the world to you, which is why our services are tailored to help keep them as healthy as ever. Our staff and veterinarians will work around the clock to ensure everything is done in the most calming and comfortable way possible. Stay tuned for part two of our winter dog care series where we’ll share even more tips to help keep your pooch warm and cozy.

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