How to keep your pet happy and healthy during the colder months

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – Winter is here, which means shorter days and colder temperatures. This can cause some problems for dog owners who are trying to keep their four-legged friends happy and healthy.

Although not as fun for owners, outdoor activity is still important.

Wellness pet nutritionist Dr. Danielle Bernal says there are some precautions you can take to keep your pets, especially dogs, active.

She recommends a warm coat, especially when outside for long periods of time. But be sure to pay attention to any loose straps that could become tangled. Another way to help keep your pet warm is to leave their fur short if you want to keep it short.

Another thing Dr. Bernal recommends considering is protecting the claws from frozen snow, ice, and salt. As a way of protection, we can consider buying shoes for our pets, or cleaning their paws after being outside.

Outdoor activities are a great way to entertain our dogs, but there are ways to keep them indoors when the cold starts to set in. We can do this through puzzles, interactive toys and safe chews or toys.

The last thing Dr. Bernal advises us to consider this winter season is to focus on healthy eating habits. If your dog spends less time outside, it is important to adjust his diet with natural nutrition, supplements and treats.

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