Keep Your Dog Safe and Warm This Winter with Grocery Pup
and These Cold Weather Tips
Winter can be a mixed bag for human beings and our dogs, and for many of the same reasons.
It gets cold, but the reprieve from the heat can be great and nothing compares to playing in the
snow. While the cold weather also brings a unique set of risks and concerns that every dog
owner should be aware of, it’s also a great time to reassess your dog’s diet to make sure that
they’re getting all of the nutrients and hydration they need to stay healthy and active.
Winter Feeding and Hound-Hydrating
Although it’s a message that’s been pretty successfully spread, it can be easy to forget that the
need for fresh water in cold weather is at least as important as it is in the summer. The cold
weather depletes energy that requires replenishment from fresh water and fresh dog food. If
your pup is going to be outside for an extended period of time (not recommended), be sure to
provide them constant access to fresh, unfrozen water in a plastic bowl (a pup’s tongue is more
likely to stick to metal).
Winter is also a great time to reassess your dog’s diet to make sure they are getting high-
quality, nutritionally-balanced meals to keep them fueled through the winter (and beyond). Like
us, dogs shouldn’t depend on a diet of highly-processed foods. And, just like us, they benefit
from a fresh diet and should have meals that have been cooked in a way that safely kills any
pathogens while retaining much-needed moisture and flavor.
Whether it’s cold outside and you’re cozy indoors or you’re a busy dog owner on the go,
consider utilizing a fresh dog food delivery service. But don’t just choose any brand, be sure to
do due diligence to find a brand you can trust to create nutritionally-balanced meals for your
furry bestie. Look for healthy dog food that was created in partnership with a vet nutritionist
and cooked via sous-vide, which is known to result in safe, moist food your dog is sure to love
through the winter and into the newyear.
Winter Grooming Tips
Will a delicious, healthy, nutritious diet of human grade dog food keep your pooch’s energy
level up; keep them warmer by keeping them full; and contribute to a full, healthy, and shiny
coat? Yes. However, additional grooming is an important part of keeping your best friend warm
in winter. Consistent brushing removes and prevents clumps and mats, which compromise
warmth. For longer-haired dogs, trimming fur, though not too much, can be crucial as well. Fur
around the feet specifically, but any fur that collects snow or ice and can trap ice close to the
skin and contribute to hypothermia and frostbite should be tended to.
Another excellent reason for keeping fur appropriately trimmed and well-groomed is that it can
pick up winter-specific toxic chemicals along with snow, ice, and water. Particularly dangerous
is antifreeze. Antifreeze is not only incredibly poisonous and dangerous to dogs, it’s also
commonly used in the winter and is very sweet. That can unfortunately encourage dogs to lick
at it. Also dangerous, both topically to paws and when ingested, are a number of formulations
of ice melt. Be sure to use ice melts that are non-toxic to pets and if you suspect your pup has
walked through ice melt, remove it from their paws. Dogs will also often lick at clumps of snow
or ice in their fur and that can also carry toxic chemicals. And the only things your best buddy
should be ingesting is healthy dog food and fresh water.
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