The animals feel the cold just as much as humans do, and since your furry friend is unable to tell, hence it is down to you as the owner to ensure that you do everything that you can to keep them feeling warm.
Here Are Some Tips To Keep The Pets Warm This Winter:
Take Care Of Outdoor Areas
If you have a dog that usually lives outside, bring them in when the temperature drops, or into a summer house or unused garage. If this is not possible, then keep them in such a way that rain, wind, and sleet cannot blow in, such as facing a wall. You can insulate the enclosure by covering it with old blankets, and bedcovers to make sure that there is enough ventilation and there is plenty of light during day time.
Always keep extra bedding in the enclosure in case the one in use gets wet and regularly check the pet’s water bowl to make sure that it hasn’t turned solid into ice.
Never Leave Your Dog Outside Unattended
Most dogs spend a good amount of time inside during winters and aren’t used to the cold, but even if your pet loves living outdoors, then the dog shouldn’t be left unattended out there during winter months as frostbite and hypothermia can develop quicker than you may expect. This is especially possible if you have a short-coated breed.
Buy Some Winter Wear For Your Dog
Doggy coats are more widely available than ever before and prove to be a valuable investment for those times when you and your pet need to go out in cold. Choose a thick, waterproof variety of coats as this will provide added insulation and will help prevent your dog’s body from getting wet, as this is something that can speed up the rate of the cold that can affect his body.
You should also go for winter booties. As the ground is as cold as the air this can make walking painful for your pet. Booties give your dog added grip as well as keep the feet warm.
Feed Enough Good Quality & Nutritional Food
Our bodies consume more calories during cold, and this is the same for pets. Cold animals also need more calories to keep them warm, so make sure to feed your pet enough good quality food throughout the winter. But we have to be careful not to overfeed as this could cause your pet to gain weight. Consult your Ved as a Vet can recommend the best portion sizes and frequency for optimum care for your pet.
Bringing The Cats Litter Tray Inside
Your kitty may be doing her business outside, but you cannot blame her for not wanting to venture out as the weather is less favorable. Make sure that the accessible litter tray is indoors, and encourage her to stay indoors where she is warm and safe.
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