Keep Fido Happy, Warm and Dry During the Winter

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Recently, it seems like every winter has been harsher and colder than the last. While our furry friends have some thicker coats to protect them from the frigid temperatures, sometimes it's not enough to keep them warm.KOAA Colorado reported that

Denver police officers were quick to visit the home of dog owners

who left their pooch outside in the cold and snow. After considerable public outrage, the city's law enforcement arrived and told the people to let their dog inside because he lacked adequate shelter.

During the winter months, it's not uncommon for temperatures to dip below freezing. Although the Denver officers are doing everything they can to keep local dogs safe, there's only so much they can do within the confines of the law. Whenever they're called to a home, police conduct an investigation to ensure that the animals aren't in distress and have proper access to shelter and water.If the conditions are deemed unfit, owners can be slapped with a hefty fine or face criminal charges for negligence. In fact, law enforcement officers are able to seize the dog if they feel he/she is in danger. If you see a dog outside shaking, tired, or not responding to calls, they may be distressed and need medical assistance.

Managing winter care for dogs

Winter is rough on every species. It's no wonder that birds fly south to warmer climates until the temperature becomes bearable again. Even with their fur, canines can experience hypothermia and other health complications from extreme cold. It's important to be mindful of the weather and practice effective

winter care for dogs

.The American Kennel Club suggests that

pooches shouldn't be left outside for long hours

. It's already cold enough to begin with, but wind chills can make temperatures drop dramatically. This is especially true when night falls and the sun's warmth is sapped. Only let them out alone for a half-hour or so before calling them back inside.There might come a time when your pooch goes outside and ends up soaked to the bone from snow or rain. The patented doggy "quick shake" can only do so much, so it's important to dry off with a towel or blow dryer. The Humane Society of the U.S. recommended that

protecting your dog from wetness can keep them happy and healthy

once indoors.Sign up for

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today to find all of the accessories you need to provide winter care for your dog.

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