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 certainly will do.
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.
Invest in a raised bed.
As we all know, heat rises, and 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. Remember not too close to the radiators either. If they struggle to climb into a raise bed a small ramp or ‘stepping block’ may help.
Deal with draughts
Draught excluders are a cost-effective way to help reduce draughts coming from under doors. Look for self-adhesive foam strips to help with any draughty windows.
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.
Support joint health
A comprehensive joint supplement can aid with flexibility of movement and help with inflammation. Joint Aid for Dogs will not only look after your pet’s joint capsules but will also support the ligaments and tendons whilst also supporting the body’s own anti-inflammatory system.
Wrap them up
Move your pet's bed to a warmer room in the house if necessary - and you could even consider a jumper for your dog if they are particularly sensitive to the cold. Remember to supply warm blankets for extra cosiness too.