It is important to keep dogs warm in the winter to keep them healthy and safe. Avoid cutting or shaving your dog's coat before the weather gets cold, and keep the dog's coat well-groomed, as matte fur does not protect the dog from the cold. During cold weather, swim the dog indoors and make sure it is completely dry before letting it out and limiting your walks to just minutes when possible. Give the dog a nice, warm place to sleep, such as a dog bed lined with blankets or towels to protect it from the cold. For tips from our veterinary examiner on protecting an outer dog, read on!