Your dogs might be hairy, a lot hairier than you are, but that does not mean the cold seasons affect them any less. We’ve got hot chocolate, warm beds and heated blankets to protect us from the cold, our pets might not.
So, how do you keep your beloved pets warm during colder seasons? There are many ways that you can protect them from the cold. This list will help you prepare your home and theirs for the upcoming winter months.
Know your dog
Some dog breeds are better built for the cold than others. Which means they can spend more time in snowy weather. This may not be true for smaller, older or younger pets. Some research about your dog’s breed will help you understand them better. But at the end of the day, you know them best.
You may notice your dog trembling sometimes, even during warmer seasons. This may be a result of many factors, including stress and illness. Ourfitpets.com has a wide range of information on this. It will help you get to know your dog better, so you can interpret their needs. This will help you provide the best protection and care, particularly during colder seasons.
More time indoors
The outdoors during the winter months is cold and harsh. Even if your dog is not house trained, you should provide them with the necessary shelter during colder months. It’s a no-brainer that they’ll be much warmer indoors, but you may not be able to provide such a luxury.
A kennel is a great alternative for sheltering your pets. For those who are semi-house trained, in-door crates can provide the best shelter to keep them off couches and beds. These options can be especially helpful when you go to bed. Your dog will have a designated space to sleep in without potentially wreaking havoc in the home, if they are so inclined.
Heated dog beds and blankets are great for older dogs. Puppies are prone to chewing and destruction, which can be very dangerous when it comes to electric heat pads. Besides, puppies are small enough to cuddle up with you on your bed, so they might not need their own just yet.
Older dogs, who are better trained and more appreciative of their beds, will find comfort on heated padding. They are prone to aches and pains, which heated beds can soothe. Ensure that heating is suitable for your dog to lie on, as too much heat can result in skin burns or overheating. Use the same discretion you would with your own electric blankets.
There is a wide variety of clothes and warm wearables available for your dog that can help shield them from the elements. Some dogs may not like the restrictiveness of closed coats around their bodies, so it’s best to go for wearable options your dog actually likes.
It may take some getting used to, but it will certainly provide the necessary protection from icy chills and snowy weather. Older dogs who suffer from arthritis may need extra protection as colder weather can exacerbate their condition. Whether you choose this method or not depends greatly on the breed of dog you have and other factors including their preferred outdoor activities.
Insulate their kennels
You may not need to take as many precautions against the cold for dog breeds who can handle the cold better. But that certainly does not mean there should be no provisions made at all. Even dogs who were bred for colder climates need protection.
If your dog sleeps outside, insulate their kennel to protect against cold drafts and dampness. Thick bedding and inner layers around the kennel can provide the best shield against chills. Straw is an effective material to use when insulating their space. Additionally, ensure that the kennel is raised slightly off the ground to create some distance between them and the ground.