Preparing Your Dog For Winter
With the cold months fast approaching, preparing your dog for winter will ensure that your pup stays healthy and warm. This means providing them with the resources, space and love they need to get through the cold evenings and chilly mornings to come. Here are some of the points to consider for the coming winter season.
Understanding Winter From A Dogs Perspective
Pups have a natural resistance to cold thanks to their fur and comparatively thicker skin. But that does not mean that pups are immune to the cold. Dogs usually start feeling cold around single-digit temperatures. In general, smaller breeds are more susceptible to cold weather compared to medium and large dogs.
The Natural Response
The natural response of a dog towards cold temperatures and climate is to rely on their fur for warmth, as you may have seen many dogs curl up and cover their eyes, nose and ears by placing them under their fur. While this is the natural instinct present in all dogs, when the temperature starts becoming more uncomfortable, dogs usually either seek out a warm place to rest or look for friends to cuddle up and lie down with, sharing each other’s body warmth.
For The Pups at Home
Preparing your dog for winter can be done with just a few tips to keep in mind. You can give your pup a warm blanket to sleep on and one to cover themselves with. On especially cold nights, it is important to make sure that your dog’s sleeping place is sufficiently insulated from below, as cold may travel from the ground and affect your furry friend while they sleep. You can also get your dog some fun new clothing that will keep them warm and make them look even more adorable.
Maintain A Safe Environment
In these colder months, it is common for us to bring out our portable heaters to keep the house warm. But as you know, dogs are highly curious and heaters can be dangerous if a dog gets too close causing overheating and potentially burns to their fur and skin. Another point to remember is to keep your dog’s toys and games away from heaters as your dog would not like to see their favourite ball up in flames.
As Always, Diet Matters Most
It is common for dogs to be less active in winter so you may need to slightly reduce the amount of food your dog eats. If you reduce the quantity of your canine companion’s food, you want to make sure the quality of the food is as high as ever. Our Hypro Premium kibble has been specifically formulated with the finest Australian ingredients that pack plenty of nutrients that keep your dog feeling super healthy. Along with a good diet, you should also aim to maintain an exercise routine during winter as this activity helps them to stay warm and healthy.
Preparing your dog for winter can be done in just a few simple steps and we hope these tips help your furry friend remain healthy and happy and can thrive during this time of year.