You’ve cranked up the heating, dug out the blankets and the extra thick duvet is back on the bed. You may have winter proofed your home and the family may be snug as bugs - but have you ever thought about how your dog feels at home during the colder weather?
Heat rises, and even a warm home can have cold floors and draughts that you may not have noticed – but your dog more than likely has.
Here are a few ways to help make your dog more comfortable during the colder months, particularly if you have an older pet who seems stiffer in the winter.
Revamp Their Cosy Corner
Nothing compares to snuggling up in a warm bed on a chilly winter's evening. And because heat rises, a raised bed will help keep your dog off the cold floors and away from draughts. Avoid placing it under windows and too close to doors or radiators.
If your dog struggles to climb into a raised bed a small ramp or ‘stepping block’ may help, Supply some warm blankets for extra cosiness and think about investing in some draught excluders for doors and windows. Moving your pet's bed to a warmer room in the house can be a good idea over the winter too.
These can be very useful for dogs who struggle with raised or padded beds. They run on a low voltage and can be left on for long periods of time. The extra warmth can also encourage better blood supply.
When choosing an electric heated pad ensure you choose one from a trusted brand with all the relevant safety markings.
Make sure it runs off a low voltage supply, usually 12v, and opt for one with a chew resistant power cord to avoid any nasty accidents.
Wrap Up on Winter Walks
When you're pulling on your winter woollies, why not do the same for your dog? His very own jumper or coat will do wonders for keeping him warm outside if he's sensitive to the cold. Boots are another way you can protect your pooch from the elements, as well as hazards like anti-freeze and salt crystals. These can also be kept for protecting paws during the hot weather but do your research to make sure they are suitable for both.
Time it Right
Walks can be really important for your dog physical and mental wellbeing - and they are good for you too! However, if it's cold outside, try to plan them nearer to the middle of the day when the temperatures will be a little warmer. It’s also safer than going out after dark when you are less visible to motorists and other pedestrians.
Movement will get the blood pumping and warm you both up, but don't forget that too much time in extreme cold can also be detrimental. Once you return home from a winter walk, make sure you both dry off and warm up properly.
A warm bath for your dog is a great way to warm them through, especially if they are wet from romping in the snow or puddle splashing. Pat them dry with a towel or use a hair dryer and they'll be ready for some post walk snuggles.
Give Your Dog's Winter Health a Boost
During the colder weather your dog may need a little extra help to keep all those winter bugs at bay. An immune supplement will not only support your dog's natural defences but can also improve his physical appearance. Immune Aid for Dogs contains turmeric extract with its active ingredient curcumin, which is known as a natural and potent antioxidant that can help neutralise harmful free radicals in the body.
Joint stiffness can also feel worse at this time of year. A comprehensive joint & muscle supplement added to the daily diet can help to keep your dog moving freely. Joint Aid for Dogs will not only look after your pet’s joint capsules but will also support the ligaments, tendons and muscles as well as the body’s own anti-inflammatory system.