‘Winter’ Dog Care Tips

It’s officially winter! Of course, what passes for ‘winter’ here in Florida is quite different than what our friends and family up north have to deal with. There’s a lot to be said for being able to wear shorts and flip flops while other folks are chiseling ice off their cars! Of course, we do still experience some seasonal changes here in the Sunshine State. Those cold snaps can affect our canine companions. A Tampa, FL vet offers some tips on this below.


It gets dark pretty early at this time of year, so you’ll probably have to walk your pooch at night quite a bit. Take a flashlight with you, and stick to well-lit, safe areas. We also recommend getting some reflective gear for both Fido and yourself. If your furry pal stays home alone while you go to work, turn a light on for him before you leave, so he isn’t stuck in a dark, quiet house.


Florida may be one of the warmest states, but it does get (relatively) cold sometimes. The damp chill can make Fido quite uncomfortable, especially if he is older, has arthritis, and/or has thin fur. Make sure your four-legged friend has a thick, comfy bed to curl up in.

Fake Snow

Do you put fake snow out on your yard and shrubs for the holidays? This can make for some really cute pet pictures. Just don’t let Fido eat it: that definitely isn’t safe!


Are you taking Fido somewhere for the holidays? If so, keep in mind that your pup isn’t used to cold weather. If you’re flying, do plenty of research before booking a flight. If your pooch has to travel in cargo, he could get quite cold on the plane. Boarding may be a better option. If you do take your canine pal with you, bring a sweater for him.


Do you like relaxing before a fire pit or fireplace when it’s cool out? Fido will be more than happy to join you. Use thick grates to protect him from the flames.


Fido may very well like some eggnog on a cool night. Mix natural peanut butter with some sodium-free chicken broth and fat-free yogurt in a blender, and then put a doggy biscuit on top.

Season’s Greetings from Baycrest Animal Clinic, your Tampa, FL pet hospital. Call us anytime!

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