It really is time to prepare for the winter. The hats and gloves are well needed. Now the cold weather has really set in, how do you prepare your pets for the winter?
Keep Pets Warm
Pets should not be left outside for long periods of time, even if they are well-dressed and covered. Puppies, kittens, older dogs and cats need to be indoors during winter cold spells. They don’t have the fat, metabolism or full fur coat to stay warm.
For dogs, it would help to leave your pet’s fur longer during the cold season to keep them warm. Investing a good weather resistant sweater or coats will help keep them warm and dry. We recommend having more than one coat. Keeping a spare dry one on hand. Wet coats will be very uncomfortable and make them colder and can be harmful for them.
Make sure the coats fit properly and are not too tight. Follow our measure guide here. In our stores we will measure and fit the coats for that perfect fit and help you prepare your pet for the winter.
Dog Kennels and Shelter
It is very important to bring pets in door when temperatures are below freezing. If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, provide a dry, solid weather appropriate shelter. Kennels should be large enough for them to be able to sit down, turn around and lay down snugly. But make it small enough to conserve body heat.
Kennels need to be watertight. With protection from driving rain at the front. Use vertical plastic strips or a bigger roof out front to shield from wind and rain.
The main idea is to get them off the cold ground with dry bedding. Cover the floor of the kennel with soft padding. Such a washable blankets or wood shavings and straw. Guinea pigs and rabbits will need more hay for warmth. Position the shelter away from the wind.
In severe cold conditions, avoid using metal dishes for their food and water. When the temperatures are low, your pet’s tongue might be stuck to the metal. Change their water frequently ensuring that they have unlimited access to fresh, non-frozen water.
Indoor Toilet for Pets
No one likes going to the toilet in a cold bathroom. The same goes for our pets. For cats, make an indoor toilet area, make sure you provide extra cat litter and trays which are easily accessible. This means they won’t have to venture out during freezing weather.
For dogs, they will need to get outside. You can help by keeping a path and small area in the yard shoveled clear of snow and encourage your pet to use this spot. This will help keep their paws dry by not walking through snow.
Pet pee pads are an effective option for small, older, or sick dogs.
Walking Dogs in the Dark
Be Safe and Be Seen! Along with your own Hi-Vis jackets , reflective collars and leads work very well.
With the darker days and longer nights of winter, we usually have to walk our dogs in the dark. Keep them safe with reflective gears such as clothing, leash or collar. LED lights on collars work very well.
Ensure that you keep your dog close as you walk on the streets. Making sure both you and you pet can be seen by traffic.
Keep them leashed and micro-chipped
Pets tend to get lost in the winter season. They are unable to recognize scents which usually help them find their way home. To ensure they don’t get lost, keep them leashed with collars that have their updated information. Better yet, have them micro-chipped to make sure you can locate them when lost.
Wash dog paws after winter walks
During icy weather, wipe off your dog’s paws and furr immediately when you return from walks. This is to prevent them from licking salt, antifreeze or de-icers which they may pick up through their paws, legs and belly. These chemicals can poison your pets if they lick them off their feet or fur. Clean up any spills of de-icer and anti freeze. The sweet taste will attract cats and dogs. These are extremely poisonous when ingested and can cause serious illness or death.
Nutrient Rich Dog Food
With the cold weather, pets can burn more calories to keep warm. They may need more food if they spend time in an outside run or in kennels with lowered temperatures. Ensure their food is high quality and nutrient rich. Premium foods, are more easily digested and are packed full of nutrients and oils.
Medical conditions such as arthritis may be worsened by cold weather. Ensure their food is providing the best nutritional ingredients. A premium quality food is the better option. These are more digestible meaning more nutrition ingredients are absorbed and used by the body.
Visit your local Petworld Store
If you have questions about winter products for your pets, visit your local Petworld store where our helpful and knowledgeable pet experts will be happy to help and answer any questions you may have.
Seasonal offers are always available.