The cold and nasty weather of winter can make exercising your dog challenging. However, continued exercise is necessary to keep your dog healthy and happy. Exercise works the muscles, joints and internal organs while helping your dog from getting obese. Obese dogs are more prone to mobility issues and osteoarthritis plus they are at a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. Pick your days and time for outside exercise. Consider talking several short walks rather than one long one. A sweater or jacket will keep your dog warm during exercise and is especially important for small or short-haired dogs. Doggy booties protect your dog’s feet from cuts and abrasions and irritation from chemical deicers or salts. Don’t forget a romp in the yard or dog park when you can. Plus inside play can add some exercise to your dog’s day. Learn more from your Montgomery, TX veterinary clinic.