Winter is just around the corner, and with colder weather on the way, it's more important than ever to make sure your furry friends are winter-proofed. This means thinking about everything from making sure they're staying warm enough to ensuring their paws stay protected from the snow and ice.
Here's a detailed guide to help you prepare your pets for winter weather, so they stay happy and healthy all season long.
Dress up in winter fashion
Just like us, dogs need to have appropriate clothing to keep warm in the winter months. For the bigger breeds, a No Go Nylon Vest might be too warm and heavy, so lightweight waterproofs and some booties might do the trick, whereas smaller dogs might need a furry coat for extra insulation. Not sure what to get? Ask for recommendations at your local pet store. And, why not accessorise your own outfit with a matching umbrella from La Bella Umbrellas to complete the cute winter duo aesthetic?
Keep your furry friend indoors
When the temperature drops below a reasonable level, it’s time to bring your pets indoors – cats and dogs cannot tolerate cold weather the way humans can. The chilly weather can cause their paws to become painfully frozen, get sick or even worse. If your Fido needs to go out, limit their exposure to 10 minutes or less, and be sure to have a warm area to go to when they come back inside.
Paws are important too
Just like layering up, if you're walking your dog, consider splashing out on some booties for their paws, especially on snowy or icy days. Winter can be harsh on your pets; ice melting products can be as bad for your dog's paws as the snow itself, so for the optimum protection, consider buying some dog booties - and don't forget to wipe your dog's paws after every walk to ensure they don't ingest any salt or ice-melting products.
Consider modifying your pet's diet
In colder weather, you may want to slightly increase your pet's caloric intake by giving them an extra meal per day, or considering feeding them a little more than usual. Don't overdo it, though; obesity has been known to lead to a host of problems in pets, from arthritis to breathing difficulties. Talk to your veterinarian about what might be suitable for their needs.
Indoor games to keep them moving
Although you’ll be keeping your pets inside for more extended periods, exercise is still essential for your pet's health. Try indoor games that you both can play - it will help keep them active and help to avoid boredom. Indoor fetch can be fun, or you could try hiding treats for them to find. As a bonus, indoor games can help strengthen your bond with your furry companion during the colder months.
Making winter adjustments to take care of your pets in the colder months is critical
By following these tips and tricks, you can keep your furry friend cosy and warm during the colder months while still ensuring they get proper exercise and nutrition. Stay warm and dry, and enjoy the winter with your furry friend!