As the cold weather continues, we’re piling on the layers to wrap up warm. The last thing we want is to be freezing cold while we go about our daily business. It’s not just us humans who feel the cold, our dogs can feel the chill too. Here are 7 ways to keep your dog warm:
Jackets and jumpers
As well as giving your dog the opportunity to make a fashion statement, jackets and jumpers are great for keeping warm. Make sure any clothing you purchase is a good fit for your dog, as well as warm and soft. Some jumpers are much harder to put on than others, so for dogs who aren’t so flexible, look for clothing with buttons or velcro tabs.
Warm beds and blankets
During the winter months, a cosy bed is the ultimate haven to retreat to. Invest in a warm bed with plenty of comfy blankets and try to keep it in a place away from any draughts.
If your dog really doesn’t like going out in the rain, a waterproof coat can prevent them from noticing the rain falling on their skin and coat. A coat will also keep your dog dry and add an extra layer of warmth.
Keep fur longer
Your dog’s fur is their source of warmth during the winter, so when it’s cold, try to keep it as long as possible. Make sure you brush their coat thoroughly, as matted hair doesn’t insulate a dog from the cold as well and is less efficient at keeping out snow and rain.
Minimise the amount of baths
In colder weather, it takes a lot longer for a wet dog to dry. Try to minimise the amount of baths you give your dog and when bathing, do so indoors with warm water and dry your dog thoroughly as soon as you can.
Increase exercise in the home to avoid longer walks
Even if the weather outside is frightful, your dog still needs both physical and mental exercise! Mental stimulation is just as important for your dog as physical exercise is, and is key to their mental development throughout their life. If it’s too cold for the two of you to head out on a long walk, try bringing some exercises indoors with some homemade obstacle courses and running up and down the stairs.
Don’t be tempted to overfeed
It’s tempting to feed extra food in colder weather to help your dog keep warm, but it’s an easy route to weight gain, especially if your dog is spending less time exercising outside.
It’s also worth noting that during the winter months, dogs are more prone to illnesses and respiratory infections, so keep an eye out for any changes in health conditions. If your dog seems to be especially cold, check their ear tips and tail tips. If the tips look and feel cold, this could be a sign that frostbite has occurred. In this case, wrap your dog up in blankets and towels to warm them gradually and head over to see your vet as soon as possible.
Originally published on tails.com/blog.