Winter Tips for Pet Owners

Just because cats and dogs have a natural fur coat, doesn’t mean they don’t feel the cold just like we do.

If you’re starting to feel cold and uncomfortable, chances are that your pet might be feeling the same way. Even if your furry friends are inside pets, it’s likely they’ll still feel chilly. Here are a number of simple ways you can keep your pet rugged up and warm this winter.

When your pets are outside or on walks in the cold, they may benefit from an additional winter coat. This is especially important if you have a thin, older or short-haired breed. A good pet-coat or jumper is more than just a fashion accessory! It will provide coverage from the neck to the base of the tail, while also protecting their belly – keeping the warmth in and the cold out. Make sure your pet’s coat is the right fit and isn’t restricting movement. Remember, don’t leave your pet’s coat on once they are in a heated, indoor environment as they may overheat.

You can make a few simple adjustments to their bedding to ensure they are properly protected from the cold. Keep pet beds away from drafts and elevated off cold, hard surfaces. You should raise the bed off the ground and add an extra blanket for warmth and comfort. To really spoil them, place a heating pad or disc in their bed to gently warm up the bedding and create a cosy, warm and safe sleeping environment.

If your dog is usually kept outside, bring them indoors at night to sleep somewhere warm and dry, away from the cold. Cats are notorious for finding warm spots around the house, like the afternoon sun through a window, or sitting close to heaters. Dogs will also seek out sources of heat during colder weather. Be wary of your pet sitting too close to heaters or fires, as they can fall asleep and end up with dried out skin or worse, burns.