For some breed of dogs, winter can be a nightmare. For others, it can be their favorite time of the year. Nonetheless, it is still a season in which your pets will need extra protection. Especially from the cold weather.
According to animal experts, there are three major concerns which pet owners should be prepared for during winter season. Naturally, the cold winter months are as hard on pets as they are on people.
Lower temperatures can be a real threat to you and your pets. Leaving them outside for too long could cause hypothermia. It may not be a good idea to take your pets outside, especially if they do not enjoy the cold weather.
On the other hand, there are breeds who loves the snow during winter. These type of dogs can withstand the cold, but shouldn’t be left outside for long, either. According to the Director of Pet Care Issues for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), KC Theisen, “If you wouldn’t stay out in that weather, your pet shouldn’t either.”
As much as possible, all types of pets (dogs, cats, etc) should stay indoors for the winter. When you take your pet in after going outside, it is important you dry them off if it was raining or if they have been playing in the snow.
It is important to keep them dry when they’ve been cold. Another thing you should consider is buying clothes and snow boots for your pets. Coat or Sweater for your pets might seem excessive at times, but it can really help keep them warm during the cold winter months.
“Adding those layers of protection, like a sweater or a coat and waterproof booty, for your dogs can really help them stay more comfortable in severely cold weather as long as they are comfortable and happy wearing their attire,” Theisen said.
Your pets also need more water and food during this season. The cold weather brings risks of malnutrition and dehydration. Keeping warm depletes your pet’s energy. Therefore, it is important to give them the proper amount of food and water to help keep themselves healthy.
Make sure the water is always fresh and not frozen. Change it as often as possible. It is also advisable to temporarily change your pet’s water and food bowl to plastic so their tongues won’t freeze into the metal.
One more recommendation we have is to get a comfortable warm bed for your dog and to add to it some blankets as well. It will grant him protection from cold and add comfortable layer as well.
Do you have any more advice for pet owners this winter? Let us know!