As winter’s frosty fingers start to wrap around our homes, it’s not just us humans who feel the chill in the air. Though they may not always show it, our furry friends feel the cold, too! However, despite the cold, the snow is an exhilarating time for your pet. It’s a brand new environment for them to explore, and many of them even prefer this weather. Yet, if you’re not careful, it can be dangerous for them.
Whether you have a playful pup or a curious cat, keeping them safe and snug during the colder months is essential for their health and safety. In this blog, we dive into some crucial winter pet safety tips to ensure your furry friends stay as warm and cozy as a sunbeam on a chilly day.
Before rushing to the store and buying an intense coat for your pup, remember a few considerations. Firstly, depending on your region, some winters might be more intense than others. If you’re in an area that’s milder, your pet won’t necessarily need the biggest, warmest jacket the industry has to offer. Following this train of thought, not all dogs or cats are built the same. For instance, a husky will not need as much (if any) help handling the cold. Their fur has evolved over the millennia to provide them a shield that allows them to thrive in this weather. Whereas a dog like a Yorkshire Terrier or a Pug will likely need all the support they can get.
Keeping in mind the type of breed you’re dealing with, an easy and affordable solution to help keep your pets warm and happy during the winter months is to bundle them up in style! Just like we layer up to go outside, some pets need that extra bit of warmth too. Dogs, particularly smaller breeds or those with shorter fur, can benefit from a stylish sweater or coat. For the feline fashionistas, a cozy blanket in their favorite napping spot can do wonders. Remember, the goal is comfort, not a runway show. So ensure their outfits are snug and warm, but not restrictive.
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean they don’t want to go outside. Let’s face it. The best part of your furry friend’s day is going on their daily walk (maybe eating too.) However, those little paws are sensitive to cold and can even get frostbite. The solution? Dog booties! They might look funny at first, and the initial, awkward strut you won’t want to miss. But these little boots protect their paws from cold surfaces and harmful substances like ice-melting chemicals. For cats, regular paw checks and a quick wipe down after they come inside can keep their paws in perfect condition.
After venturing outside in the cold, there’s nothing coming home to a nice warm environment. However, you can take it to the next level by creating a space for them to curl up and get warm. This can mean positioning their favorite dog cushion near the fireplace or heater or placing additional blankets on it too. Of course, some extra cuddles can help both of you warm up faster too!
Those are Dr Wendy’s Mobile Vet’s tips for keeping your furry friend warm and cozy during the winter months! We’re a professional mobile veterinary service that helps you keep your pets happy and healthy all year round. From helping clients prep their pet for the summer or winter to providing professional medical care, we’re here for you.