November 13, 2019 3:18 pm
As the temperature drops, weather worsens and keeping warm becomes our main priority, we begin to pull out our hats, scarves and warm woolly knits. But what about our four-legged furry friends? If we’re cold, then they’re cold. Preparing them for the grim upcoming months is just as important as preparing ourselves. Here are some tips to keep your pets warm this winter.
If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet
Try to keep your pets inside, particularly overnight, when temperatures drop, otherwise they run the risk of getting frostbite or hypothermia. If your pet begins to show signs of either of these, contact your vet immediately. Keep in mind that temperatures indoors can also drop significantly, therefore, it is vital to ensure that temperatures in your home doesn’t fall below a respectable 20 degrees if your out. Move your pets’ beds closer to heaters and away from windows or doors where there is a draft.
Keep your home interior warm
As mentioned above try to keep your home temperature at 20 degrees minimum. Open curtains during the daytime so that your dog or cat can bask in the sun.
Please note that this is only a general guide. The temperature will most likely vary depending on your pets breed.
If you’re taking your dog out for a walk try to get them a warm cosy jacket and little booties to wear, not only does it look absolutely adorable it keeps them warm in the chilly weather. Dogs regulate temperature through the sole of their feet and tongues, wearing little booties can protect their feet from ice melting products, salt and grit on the ground. You could even put little sweaters on your cats or dogs when indoors particularly when its that extra bit chilly.
Wash and dry your pets feet following walks
Salt and chemicals used to grit roads and pavements can irritate their little pads, especially if they have any small cracks, wounds or redness between the toes, make sure to always wipe and wash their paws with and warm water when you get home.
Try to keep them indoors more
Let your pets out only if necessary, for example, if they need to relieve themselves or if they are a breed that need to go out for walks. As much as cats and dogs enjoy the outdoors they love cuddling indoors with their owners even more.
Feed them well
Studies have shown that cold temperature can increase the appetite of both cats and dogs. Particular those pets that spend a lot of time outdoors, they will end up needing more calories in order to generate enough energy to keep them warm. During the winter months, animals tend to use more energy to help stay warm, provide them with some extra food and make sure clean water is available throughout the day.
*Ask your vet about your pet’s nutritional needs.
Your pets’ bed must be warm and cosy during the bleak winter months. Add extra blankets and a hot water bottle if temperatures drop significantly. Move them away from windows or doors with a draft or you could even place a rug under their bed to raise them above the ground prevent the cold temperature of the floor affecting the cosiness of their sleeping place.
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This post was written by Sara Dakri