Click here to learn more.
Vetstreet. All rights reserved.
Vetstreet does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. See Additional Information ›
A. Up here where I live, in extreme northern Idaho, we see plenty of outdoor dogs who survive winter with no difficulty when their owners provide for them properly. Leaving aside the issue of whether dogs should be left
outdoors full-time at all — this isn’t your
dog to decide for, after all — many dogs can adapt to the physical challenges of life outdoors. The exceptions, in general, are small dogs, old or chronically ill
dogs, and dogs with a naturally lean build, such as
Many larger dogs such as
Huskies, but even those with less fur, generally have no problem dealing with winter, as long as they have a few key things:
I’m not sure what kind of setup your neighbors' dog has, but letting them know what the pet needs to stay warm is a great start, as is your offer of an Igloo-style shelter. For a dog to get the most out of a shelter, it needs to be the proper size (not much bigger than the dog, so the animal’s body heat isn’t wasted but large enough that the dog can turn around inside it comfortably) and set up so it’s out of the wind and not in a place likley to flood. It needs insulation inside as well, and that doesn’t need to be expensive: Hay has long been used to help animals stay warm.
I’m hoping for the sake of both the dog and your future relationship with your neighbors that they accept your gift and suggestions in the spirit of helping their pet. If it’s not well-received or is refused, and you believe the dog is being deprived of adequate care, I encourage you to contact your local humane authorities for help getting the dog the care he needs to survive.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Take our breed quiz to find your next pet.
Get all the best pet news and information sent right to your inbox!
Thank you for subscribing!
Juice had such a wonderful time during
his night away from an animal shelter that
he started crying when he…
Hypothyroidism is a common hormonal
disorder in middle-aged and senior dogs
that can be difficult to diagnose.
Here are the essentials to pack for your
camping canine, from critical safety items
to helpful booties and…
If a kitty bonks you with her forehead, is
she merely saying hello or has she been
watching too much pro wrestling?
The APBT has a formidable reputation
and appearance, but he is meant to be a
dog who loves and accepts people.
Wonder which dog or cat best fits your lifestyle? Our new tool will narrow down more than 300 breeds for you.
Visit HealthyPet magazine for interviews with pet-loving celebrities, health advice from our experts, training tips and…
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.