Dr.Ernie Ward is in the Doghouse


How Cold Does it Get in the Doghouse?

Dr. Ernie Ward puts himself to the test once again! You may remember when Dr. Ernie Ward locked himself in a car to give us insight into the feelings and physical repercussions of leaving a dog in a hot car on a summer’s day?

Well Dr. Ernie Ward is at it again!

This time Dr. Ernie Ward crawls into the doghouse on a cold winter night, giving us a first hand look how the cold winter weather can affect not only our bodies but also our minds.

Dr. Ward’s personal video, direct from the doghouse, gives pet owners insight and gets us thinking about what it would be like for a dog to be left outside during the cold winter months.


Video used with permission from Dr. Ernie Ward

Dogs like Edie would never survive being left outside in the winter elements for any length of time. She is a shorthaired dog that requires sweaters, coats, even paw protection when she goes outside for a walk or even to the backyard for her potty trips.

Dr.Ernie Ward is in the Doghouse

Winter protection for your dog can be fashionable and functionable

Some may think I dress my dog as a fashion statement. I admit when I purchase protective clothing for my dog the first and most important factor for me is that the dog coat or dog sweater fits well and will keep her warm and dry, but if it’s cute, well that’s just a bonus 😉

Now there are some specialized breeds of dogs that can handle the winter elements better than others, but –

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About Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM, CVFT

Dr Ernie Ward is an internationally recognized veterinarian known for his work in the areas of general small animal practice, life extension and longevity, practice management and leadership, long-term medication monitoring, special needs of senior dogs and cats and pet obesity. He has authored three books, including “Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter.” Dr. Ward has been a frequent guest on television programs and served as the resident veterinarian for the “Rachael Ray Show” from 2007 until 2014. He has over 100,000 followers on Facebook, and serves over 20,000 on his Twitter accounts and YouTube vlog, is a highly sought after veterinary media expert.

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  1. My dogs are inside dogs, I can’t imagine having to spend a lot of time outside in Central New York. As far as I know all of my neighbors have inside dogs as well. There is a Newf who spends a lot of time outside, but she is allowed in the house as much as she wants.

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  2. Important info! The breeds coat , and desire, gives information about ability to stay outside in the elects. Short hair, squat nose means shorter times in winter and summer. Our long hair Shih Tzu can tolerate a brisk winter walk for a good long time…but I’d never leave him outside unattended. Boots or socks or some sort of paw protection is also important. Great post!

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