Baby, it’s getting cold outside! Winter weather is definitely on its way. Depending on where you live, it might almost be time to dig through your winter clothes and bundle up. This time of year can be brutal–especially for our pets. Cozy up with your canine pal and read about all the ways to keep your dog toasty and warm this chilly season.
Simply staying indoors is the easiest and most effective way to keep your dog warm. Certain dogs have a tougher time battling the colder temps than others, and it is important to keep that in mind. If your dog is older or suffering from an ailment such as arthritis, try letting them outside only when necessary. A bonus to this method is you get to spend quality couch time with your furry friend.
If you live in an area that is usually cooler year round or you enjoy being outside a lot during the wintry months, then it is best to find a breed that fits your lifestyle. A Husky or an Alaskan malamute might be a good fit!
Make Sure Your Dog Has Plenty of Food and Water
Nothing warms the soul like a good meal for both humans and animals. The colder it is, the more calories your dog will be burning to stay warm. That might mean that he will need extra food during this time. Don’t forget the water either! With freezing temps, the water bowl might just freeze up and leave your pet with nothing but ice. During winter, remember to either move water bowls indoors or invest in a heated water bowl system.
Use Proper Outdoor Housing
If your dog spends a lot of time outside, then make sure they have the right housing to avoid the winter’s harsh weather conditions. A doghouse or small area that has blankets or hay can be a great option to help keep your pet’s temperature up. Also, consider using a heater if the pup is intended to live outdoors.
Doggy Winter Wear
Rain or shine, most dogs love being outside. As pet owners, we have to help them stay warm in the winter frost. Smaller breeds like Chihuahuas and Dachshunds can get particularly cold because of their short coats and teeny tiny size. Finding a coat and even some booties can keep your pooch nice and warm during your daily walk. There are plenty of pet-friendly jackets out there on the market that are super cute and even waterproof.
Treats and Belly Rubs!
After battling the cold, a tasty treat and belly rub will be exactly what your pup needs. While it might not warm them up physically, it will warm their heart when you show your dog how much you love them.
This time of year comes with many chilly predicaments for your pet. By using our tips, you can keep your pup warm and safe all winter long.