Keeping Your Pet Safe And Comfortable This Winter

“Our pets feel the colder temperatures just like us, so keep this in mind this winter.”Petworld

With the changes in the weather we find ourselves taking out our woolly jackets and hats. Although our pets have furry coats, they can be as susceptible to changes in the weather as we are. Any pet owner will know that their pet goes through a range of emotions. Being able to understand and deal with the resultant behaviour is important, not only for the relationship you have with your pet, but also for their own comfort and well being. Here we discuss the factors that may affect your pets comfort and well being during winter. Further, we will share some of the techniques and products that you can use to improve your pets health and well being. 

Winter Weather And Pets

Our pets feel the colder temperatures just like us. Their furry coats only keep them warm up to a certain temperature. Thus, when the temperature drops below 6 degrees we recommend bringing your outdoor pets indoors.

There are several factors that determine your pets resilience to cold:

  • Body Fat: Pets with more body fat will feel warmer and be less affected by the cold.
  • Activity Level: The more active your pet is the less susceptible they are to the cold.
  • Coat Type: Pets with thicker coats have obvious benefits in comparison to those with less hair.
  • Size and Weight: Large pets can survive cold weather better than small pets. 
  • Age and Health: The age and health of pets also influence their tolerance to the cold. 

 If you are keeping your pets outdoors, keep an eye on the temperature. If it’s too cold for you, it is probably too cold for them. Be sure to check your pets paws for cracks or sores caused by the cold. These can be damaging if left unattended. Small animals such as rabbits or guinea pigs need to be kept indoors at all times, as they can not tolerate the cold.

Cat in front of fire in winter night.
Dog outside in kennel on winter night

Keeping Your Pet Comfortable In Winter:

Bedding

One of the key elements of comfort for your pet will be bedding. In order to relax during the day and sleep at night, they will require a nice comfortable bed. Their bed will also act as their safe space within the house, so comfort is important. At Petworld, we stock a large selection of  quality and comfortable dog beds and cat beds. We also stock a range of luxurious blankets and accessories that will keep your pet warm, comfortable and happy over the winter period.

Crates and Kennels

A crate or a kennel can be a warm, cosy and safe environment for your pooch. It can also be a great way to keep everything your dog needs in a nice, tidy space. At Petworld we have a range of kennels and crates that are suited to dogs of all shapes and sizes. They can be incorporated anywhere and come in a range of colours and sizes. Are you wondering how to crate train your dog? If so, then check out out blog post on the topic. 

Labradore dog asleep in dog bed on winter night.
Entertainment and Toys

Although taking your pet indoors for the winter is in their best interest, they may not appreciate the sudden lack of space. In order to combat the boredom they may experience, especially if you’re not around, you need to invest in entertainment for them.

For dogs we recommend chew toys, balls and cuddly toys, whilst scratching poles are great for cats. 

If you want to learn more about keeping your dog safe and comfortable this winter, just call into your local Petworld Store where our helpful and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help and answer your questions.