Is it normal for my dog to shed in the winter?

Asked By: Edgardo Vandervort
Date created: Tue, Dec 1, 2020 1:39 AM
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As the days get shorter, many dogs and cats shed their summer coats so a heavier, thicker, protective coat can grow in for the winter.

Though the coat that is shedding is the lighter summer coat, it can still be surprising to pet owners that their pet is shedding so much just before the winter.

Answered By: Queenie Bogisich
Date created: Wed, Dec 2, 2020 3:42 AM

Dealing with Normal Puppy Behavior: Nipping and Rough Play.

When puppies play with each other, they use their mouths.

Therefore, puppies usually want to bite or "mouth" hands during play or when being petted.

With puppies, this is rarely aggressive behavior in which the intent is to do harm.


And, these same dogs that don't shed may just have you put away the lint roller for good.

  • Tibetan Terrier.
  • Maltese Terrier.
  • Shih Tzu.
  • Brussels Griffon.
  • Portugese Water Dog.
  • Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier.
  • Poodle (Toy, Miniature, and Standard)
  • West Highland White Terrier.

Ways to Exercise Your Dog This Winter

  1. Walk your dog. During winter, you can still take your dog outside for a walk. Pet owners should shorten their outdoor walking times during cold weather months, but not eliminate them.
  2. 2. Make meals and treats an adventure. Motivate your pet to get extra exercise by making them work for their meals and treats.

Do dogs require sweaters in the winter, or are dogs naturally able to keep themselves warm? ANSWER: Breeds with thick coats generally do not require cold weather protection for short periods of time, whereas short-haired breeds will be more comfortable with a winter sweater and booties.


The normal body temperature for dogs is between 101 and 102.5 F, compared to 97.6 to 99.6 F for humans.

This means your dog may feel feverish to you even when his temperature is completely normal.

The word "fever" is typically used to describe elevated body temperature caused by infection or inflammation.


Many pet owners want to stop giving their dogs flea and tick medication during the winter months.

However, even in cold climates, veterinarians universally recommend continuing treatment all year long.

Fleas and ticks can remain real dangers even during the dead of winter.


A healthy dog may have a mild runny nose occasionally with no cause for alarm, but chronic or severe nasal discharge could indicate serious health issues.

It's important to remember that sneezing and nasal discharge are normal for dogs, it should only be a concern once it becomes severe or chronic.

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