When preparing for winter, responsible pet owners should consider the comfort levels of their furry companions. As temperatures drop, make sure your pet stays warm and healthy. Although some breeds handle winter weather better than others, they still require care to stay comfortable. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your canine or feline companion cosy and healthy during the colder months.
Here’s what you need to know about how to keep your pets warm and comfortable during winter:
Invest in a quality jacket or sweater.
Although several dog and cat breeds have thick, luxurious fur to keep them warm indoors and outdoors, they will still likely benefit from an additional winter jacket. This is particularly important if your furry companion is older, thinner, or is a short-haired breed. A quality jacket will provide ample coverage from the neck to the base of the tail while protecting the belly.
When shopping for jackets, make sure it’s the right fit and that it doesn’t restrict movement to prevent injury. Remember, the clothing should be removed once your pet is in a heated indoor environment to prevent overheating.
Provide warm and cosy bedding.
During the colder months, you may notice your pet start to snuggle up more on the couch or in bed. A soft bed with a thick blanket will provide warmth for your furry feline or canine during winter. If your pet sleeps in a particularly chilly part of the house, you may want to consider getting a self-warming pet mat as well to help retain body heat. The bedding should also be in an accessible area that is elevated off hard, cold surfaces.
Get enough exercise.
The temptation to stay all snuggled up and cosy during winter is strong but your pet still needs exercise to stay healthy. Exercise provides stimulation to prevent boredom and can help regulate body temperature. Scratch posts and puzzle feeders can keep frisky kitties occupied while soft toys that can withstand paw action are best for larger dog breeds. This is particularly important if you are looking for a cavoodle for sale, as the breed is known for its high energy that requires both physical and mental stimulation.
Clean and inspect your pet’s paws.
During winter, pay extra attention to your pet’s paws. In addition to frostbite, snow on the ground can also disguise potentially dangerous objects that can harm their paws. After returning from a walk, always check the paws for abrasions or cuts and wipe away frost or snow.
If you notice the cold weather is causing dryness and cracks, consult your veterinarian about the right care products. For long-haired breeds, trim excess hair in between the toes to reduce the chance of collecting ice and snow crystals.
Pets are wonderful companions, so be sure to snuggle up to stay warm during the colder months. After all, there’s nothing like lots of hugs and cuddles to stay cosy and comfortable this winter!