Winter survival tips for your pets

 It’s important to be mindful of your pets as they can be affected by the cold temperatures too. We have tips to help care for your pets during the winter season.

Winter brings chilly temperatures that require special attention to ensure the well-being of many pets.

Tips to keep your pets warm

It’s important to know and understand the breed of your animal. Some dog breeds do relatively well in lower temperatures. Understanding your dog’s cold tolerance helps you know how to take care of it.

Bring them indoors

If you keep your dog outdoors during the warmer months, it might officially be time to reel them back indoors for the upcoming months. Create a designated indoor space for them with access to warmth, food, and water. When indoors, keep them away from fireplaces and heaters to avoid overheating.

Warm bedding

Keep their designated area warm. Provide extra blankets or cushions in your pet’s sleeping area to keep them warm and comfortable during colder nights.

You can designate a place for them in a nice corner with all the cosy blankets. To be sure if they are warm enough introduce pet sweaters. Sometimes a little extra protection from the wind or cold calls for a cosy pet sweater. 

Keep them hydrated

Although temperatures are dropping, your pets still need hydration. Ensure your pets have access to fresh water at all times. Check their water bowls regularly and fill them up if need be.

If you are in parts of the country that are prone to snow, check that the water is unfrozen at all times. To be on the safe side, change your pet’s drinking water every 2-3 hours. 

Be mindful of their age and health conditions

Puppies, and senior pets, may be more susceptible to the cold. Monitor them closely and seek veterinary advice if needed so that they can survive the cold. Heading to the vet before winter is crucial to make sure you avoid any health surprises your pets may encounter. If you can, keep your pet’s nutrition tailored to the winter months. 

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Hopefully, these winter survival tips will help your pets stay healthy and safe during these upcoming cold months.

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Originally published in Garden&Home Magazine.

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