Winter Pet Care Hints and Tips
Winter is now slowly setting in, and at this time of year, it is important we make appropriate provisions for our pets. Here is our selection of hints and tips for winter pet care:
- Research your breed’s susceptibility to the cold. Huskies, Chow Chows and Spitz breeds all cope well in colder weather. Fine coated dogs such as Greyhounds maybe need extra support from you during the winter months.
- Ensure you are visible in low light. It is vital that both you and your dog are visible in low light. Hi-viz accessories or a reflective jacket are best for walkers, and a reflective collar or dog coat is important for your pet.
- Carry a torch when out walking. This will help you find your way if it gets dark, and allows you to clear up after your dog effectively.
- Offer good quality bedding. It is important to provide your dog with warm bedding, away from any drafts. Ideally, you should invest in a raised bed such as the Soft Bed, and perhaps consider heat pads if it is particularly cold.
- Keep your dog on the lead. Ensure that you keep your dog on a lead at all times when walking at night. It is very easy for dogs to disappear in the dark, leading to unnecessary time and anxiety spent looking for them.
- Groom appropriately. Matted hair does not insulate well, so ensure you brush your dog regularly. It is also important you don’t clip your dog’s coat too short in winter – this is vital insulation for your pet.
- Keep active. It may be cold and wet outside, but your dog still needs exercise. Ensure you give him at least two walks daily.
- Invest in a dog coat. This is particularly important if your dog is elderly, fine-coated, or has a compromised immune system. Groomers has a wide range of practical dog coats – invest in an item that is breathable and water resistant, with an adjustable belly band for a more comfortable fit.
- Take care of canine feet. This is particularly important in snowy or icy conditions. Cold weather, road salt and grit can cause your dog’s paw pads to become dry and cracked. Wash your dog’s feet after a walk, and perhaps invest in some protective boots.
- Be cautious of anti-freeze. It is highly toxic, but tastes sweet to both dogs and cats. Store it out of reach and ensure you mop up any spills.
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