We always recommend keeping your fur babies safe and warm inside, but if your pet spends a majority of their time outside then proper outdoor housing is a must. There are fantastic ranges of kennels for dogs and enclosures for cats that offer water, frost and wind protection. Make sure the housing is placed away from the seasonal elements in a position where they feel secure and cosy.
Whether inside or outside make sure your pets bedding is raised off the floor and away from cold winds including the doorways of kennels. Fill an outside kennel with warm dry blankets that are washed regularly.
You'll probably notice your pet's appetite will increase during winter. This is especially true in outside pets that will use more energy to keep warm. Keep a close eye on your pet's weight ensuring they are nourished, but not overfed from too many winter snacks.
Particularly cold winters days can be uncomfortable for slim, younger or older dogs.
If your dog is showing signs of shivering or they're cold when they're sleeping a jacket may be the perfect solution. There are lots of great clothing options for our pets these days, with different styles and fabrics to suit different pets. There are even options to keep your pet dry so you don't need to worry about the rain stopping your next adventure.
You can also try placing a hot water bottle (with warm, not hot water) or heat pack into your pet's bed. This will soon make a comfortable place to rest. A caution for pets who love to chew, only use warm water and if you have any doubts there are other options such as heating discs and pads. Ask us for more information.
If your pet is struggling to get out of bed then it could be a sign of arthritis or an age-related disease. Often these problems are provoked by cold weather and we recommend 6 monthly check-ups particularly if your pet is showing signs of ageing. Find out more about senior pet care including arthritis here.
There's nothing like a walk in the park and some aerobic exercise to get rid of the winter blues. Rug up and head out for your pet's favourite activity. Not only will your dog love you for it, but you'll also be feeling fantastic in no time too.