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Shae Killey3 years ago

Don't let your furry friend get sick!

If you're living in Wollongong, you'll know too well just how cold it can get during the night and early in the morning. While you may be cuddled up in your blankets with the heater on, what about your furry family members? Depending on the type of dog you have, winter can pose as somewhat of a health risk. If your dog doesn't have a thick furry coat or is shivering constantly, you may want to read on. From keeping your dog inside to giving them more suitable meals for the colder months, we've provided you with a few tips to keeping your pet happy and healthy this winter.

If you don’t want your dog to suffer from the cold this winter, follow these 3 tips. If you’ve notice your four-legged friend acting strange or you’re concerned about their health, we’ve also provided you with some great veterinary clinics that can provide great advice.

Tip #1 – Inside or outside?

Does your dog normally spend the entire winter outside? Depending on the size of your pet and your living space, you may want consider turning your outside dog into an inside dog for the colder months. Trust me, your dog will be very thankful and is less likely to suffer from temperature-related conditions. If this is not possible, make sure your dog’s outdoor living conditions are suitable for the colder climate – i.e. blankets and dog bed to keep them off the cold ground.


Tip #2 – Do you feed them the same in winter?

During winter, in many cases, dogs’ eating and exercise behaviours can change. In the colder months you may notice your pet sleeping a lot more to conserve energy and exercising less when outside. So feed your dog accordingly! After all, an overweight dog may have a few more layers to protect them from the cold, but it can also have dramatic affects on their overall health.


Tip #3 – Winter fashion

Does your beloved little dog only have a thin layer of fur? Not all breeds of dogs are as accustomed to the lower temperatures as others. If you’re are planning on keeping your dog outdoors this winter, you might want to consider dressing them in the latest winter doggy fashion. Your dog will not only look cuter, but it will be a lot cosier. From booties to coats, there are many different clothes available for your furry friend to try this winter. Just be sure your dog is comfortable wearing it.


Looking for a trustworthy Wollongong vet to take your dog?

Dapto Veterinary Clinic

If you’re looking for experienced staff to attend to your dog, drop by Dapto Veterinary Clinic. Whether your dog has been acting strange and needs some attention, or your beloved family member needs their regular check-up, you really can’t look past this affordable yet caring veterinary clinic. With more than 25 years experience in the industry, they can look after all your dog’s medical and surgical needs. Located opposite the Ribbonwood Centre in Dapto, schedule your pet in today.
Where: 164 Princes Hwy Dapto Wollongong NSW

Greencross Vets Crown Street

Perhaps you live near the Wollongong CBD? If you want to take your dog to a vet you can trust, that’s also close to home, pop by Greencross Vets Crown Street. Whether it’s vaccinations, dental work, desexing surgery or just a general check-up, the team at Greencross Vets Crown Street can do it all. Want to find out more information about your furry companion’s dietary needs this winter? Book an appointment today and the friendly veterinarians at Greencross Vets Crown Street will talk you through everything you need to know.
Where: 424 Crown St West Wollongong NSW


Do you know any tips for keeping your dog safe this winter? Let us know in the comments below!

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