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Keeping Your Dog Warm in Winter Syracuse NY

Some dogs need a little extra help to stay warm in the winter time in Syracuse. Whether your dog lives outdoors or you have a small, short coated breed, here are some ideas to help you keep your dog snug when it’s cold outside.

PETCO
(315) 454-3949
310 Northern Lights (Route 11)
North Syracuse, NY
Hours
Monday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
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Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-6:00pm

PetSmart
(315) 446-6320
3401 Erie Blvd E
Syracuse, NY
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Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

PETCO
(315) 449-0084
3150 Erie Boulevard East Suite #500
Dewitt, NY
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Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-6:00pm

Ebeling's Pet Center
(315) 652-2329
4138 Route 31
Clay, NY
 
Pet Express Of Central Ny, Inc.
(315) 458-0852
7687 Frontage Road
Cicero, NY
 
PetSmart
(315) 468-1379
3553 West Genesee
Syracuse, NY
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Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
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Pet World - Dewitt
(315) 445-9510
3649 Erie Blvd. E.
Dewitt, NY
 
Pet Depot
(315) 487-6533
3730 Milton Avenue
Camillus, NY
 
PetSmart
(315) 652-1627
3865 State Route 31
Liverpool, NY
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Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

Petland Of Syracuse
(315) 752-0444
5701 East Circle Drive
Cicero, NY
 

Keeping Your Dog Warm in Winter

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Some dogs need a little extra help to stay warm in the winter time. Whether your dog lives outdoors or you have a small, short coated breed, here are some ideas to help you keep your dog snug when it’s cold outside.



If you have a small breed or one that has short hair, or a breed with thin skin such as an Italian Greyhound, you may want to think about buying a jacket to keep him warm. In some places you may even want to think about getting your dog a sweater during the autumn and buying something warmer when it gets colder. When you think about getting something for your dog to wear keep in mind that it will need to be something simple and easy for you to put on your dog. If it has lots of buttons or zippers your dog may not hold still for you to get him into it.



Some dogs may need to get used to the idea of wearing clothing. In fact, some dogs don’t like the idea of getting dressed up, so take your time and let your dog get used to the sensation of wearing outerwear slowly. Put his sweater or coat on for short periods each day while you can be there to supervise, in case he tries to tear it off. Make sure you give him lots of treats. Given a little time your dog will learn to associate wearing his coat with getting treats and things will go much easier. Of course, some dogs like wearing clothes so you may have an easy time of it.



When you begin to choose clothing for your dog look for things made from durable materials than can be easily washed. Cuteness counts but it’s more important to find things that will keep your dog warm and which are wash ‘n wear. You may also need to look for water resistant materials if your dog will be out in wet weather or if you live where it snows.



Don’t forget to learn your dog’s measurements before you go shopping. You should measure your dog from the base of his neck to the root of his tail to get an idea of his length. You should also measure around his neck to know his collar size. Don’t forget to weigh him so you will have a definite idea of how much he weighs. Sometimes a pet’s weight can creep up from one year to the next without being noticed and clothing may not fit around the girth. Follow the manufacturer’s directions on the clothing to ensure proper fit.



For pets that live in the city or in places where there is a lot of snow you may need to consider getting them boots. This can also be a good idea for pets that walk a lot or who are older. Dog boots can protect pets from ice, snow and salt on pavement. If your dog doesn’t wear boots during the winter make sure you check their paws for ice, snow and salt when they come indoors. Check between the pads. These winter hazards can all accumulate and cause problems such as dry, cracked or irritated pads. Ingesting salt can also make your dog sick. Follow the manufacturer’s advice to choose the proper size booties for your dog.



If your dog lives outside during the winter, make sure he has a good quality shelter. You can find excellent dog houses at pet supply stores and from manufacturers online. They come in a variety of styles and to fit many budgets. The key thing is to make sure they keep out the elements, such as wind, rain and snow. Don’t let the opening of the shelter face the prevailing winds. You also want to make sure that the shelter is not too large. The dog house or shelter should be large enough for the dog to enter, stand and to lie down in comfortably. Shelters that are too large allow cold air to circulate, defeating the purpose of keeping the space warm. Put down straw, a bed or several blankets in the shelter to protect your dog from the cold ground. Naturally you will want to change the bedding frequently.



Any kind of bedding you use in an outdoor shelter can get wet, and straw can also get moldy. Moldy straw can lead to other problems, such as upper respiratory problems and skin infections. That’s why it’s so important to keep clean bedding in an outdoor shelter for the health of your dog. It’s not a good idea to supply outdoor heat sources in a dog house or other outdoor shelter. Heaters and heating pads have cords which can be chewed or become frayed. This can lead to electrocution or fires. If you wish to heat your dog’s outdoor shelter you should have it done professionally. There are heated beds available at pet stores that contain a disc that can be heated in a microwave. These would be safer to use.



Remember that during the winter you should continue to keep your dog well groomed, just as you do during the summer. Your dog’s coat contains natural oils that help insulate him and provide warmth next to his skin. Keep your dog’s coat brushed and free of mats and burrs. Don’t forget to trim the hair between his paw pads which can pick up ice and snow. Regular grooming helps your dog handle the cold of winter and regulate his body temperature.



Your dog’s metabolism may require a little extra food during winter months. If you have questions about your dog’s food or other winter needs don’t hesitate to discuss them with your vet. And don’t forget that your dog needs access to clean, fresh water at all times, whether he lives indoors or outdoors during winter. Just because a dog spends a lot of time outside doesn’t mean that he can depend on ice or snow for his liquids. In fact, many times his water sources could be frozen. Put out fresh water several times a day for y our dog.



These are just a few tips for “winterizing” your dog. We all want our pets to stay warm and safe during the winter months, whether they live indoors or outside. Don’t forget to ask your veterinary professional if you have questions about your dog’s health and well-being during these cold months. If you follow these tips and take appropriate care your dog will be on his way to a happy spring.



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