Preparing Your Pet for Winter
As Jon Snow once said, ‘winter is coming…’ and although us humans pretty much know how to prepare ourselves for the long, cold months ahead, our pets need a little more help.
Never A Fur-Paux
Some pups are naturally gifted with thick and warm winter coats, while others are more vulnerable to dropping temperatures. Unless you have a Husky or Newfie, you’re going to want to find some winter wardrobe pieces like jackets and booties. There are tons of great options on the market already, so try a few out to make sure your pet’s new fashion statement doesn’t limit their mobility. If your dog absolutely refuses to wear anything on their feet, then make sure to trim the hair on their paws regularly. This is so that snow doesn’t get trapped in your pets hair and remain cold even indoors. The same goes for their ears - make sure to keep them dry after a session in the snow to prevent painful ear infections.
Don’t Be Salty
If you live in a city where snowfall is common, then it’s important to be aware of where salt and de-icers have been used when taking your pet for a wintertime walk. While salt can cause chronic dryness in their paws, it’s also extremely toxic if ingested which means it’s best to steer clear of these areas altogether. Don’t forget, using paw protector wax or little booties can help protect your little snow dog too!
Work On Your Winter Bod’
Just like their owners, pets need a little extra food and drink to help regulate their body temperature in the winter. Make sure to keep them extra hydrated, especially if they’re wearing extra layers outdoors. Your pet will also need some extra calories to help stay warm, so feel free to reward your four-legged friend with a couple treats to boost their energy levels.
An Excuse To Snuggle
Just like their owners, pets need a place to warm up after being exposed to cold weather or snow. Make sure they have a cozy bed and extra blankets to burrow into after a long day of making snow angels.