Keeping Your Dog Safe and Well this Winter

During the winter, we all know the effects that cold weather and freezing temperatures can have on us. But what about your beloved pet? It’s not just humans that can suffer during the winter, but dogs can’t always communicate why they are unhappy to their pet parent. For that reason, it’s vital for us to look after our pets as much as possible and do what we can to keep them safe, happy and well during the coldest months of the year.

To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of our top tips and tricks, as well as some handy pointers, to help the pair of you get through the winter months in good spirits.

Festivities

From Christmas decorations to family gatherings, New Year’s parties and get-togethers, there is always a lot going on at this time of year. It’s not known as the party season without good reason! However, while you might be out and about enjoying everything that the season has to offer, it’s also important to spare a thought for your pet. Although it’s virtually impossible to avoid any disruption to their routine at this time of year, there are steps which you can take in order to minimise the disturbance. Make sure to save some time to spend with your pet, similarly, it’s important to create a quiet safe space where they can go to chill out if things get a little too hectic.

Safety and Security

Winter can be a difficult and confusing time of year for many dogs. From the cold temperatures to the influx of festive decorations and even the possibility of experiencing their first snowfall, there are many new and different sights, sounds and smells during this period. For that reason, it’s essential to ensure your pet is happy, relaxed and secure throughout the winter months. A pet tag is a must – just in case the worst should happen, it will make identification much easier and help you and your dog get reunited much more quickly. Click here for more information!

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Health

Pets can suffer from a variety of complex health issues, many of which can be brought on or exacerbated by the cold weather. While out walking in the cold or remaining indoors in the dry, heated atmosphere of the house, remember to pay special attention to your dog in order to ward off any signs of illness or poor health. Older dogs and puppies will be particularly susceptible to the onslaught of winter, so it’s a good idea to keep regular tabs on them and if in doubt, book in a visit to the vet. After all, it’s always better to play things safe when it comes to health. Certain breeds of dog may also require a winter coat to wear outdoors at this time of year – luckily, there are plenty of stylish options available to keep your pooch looking their best and staying warm on their travels!

Food

Similarly, it may be tempting to feed your dog Christmas leftovers or up their food intake in an attempt to ward off the seasonal chill. While this may feel like you’re doing them a kindness, in reality, all you are doing is setting them up for weight issues and the possibility of further health problems in the future. Of course, an extra treat or two won’t be problematic, but if you find your hand dropping into the treat box more often than not, it’s time to reign yourself in.

While the winter months may seem to drag on forever, rest assured – spring will be here again before you know it! In the meantime, all we can do is wait out the cold weather and relax with our furry friends, keeping our spirits up despite the dull landscape outside.