Keeping Your Outdoor Pets Warm During The Winter

You’ve thought about it for a while, but you can’t just get yourself to go through with it. You might even make fun of people who do it, so there’s no way you’re not going to buy a sweater for your pet.

But maybe … you should think about it, because as corny as it seems, sweaters for pets actually serve a purpose. Besides the decorative flare, they actually keep your pets warm during the winter.

So how do you keep your outdoor pets warm in the winter? The obvious answer is to bring keep them inside. But if that is not an option, and it often isn’t around the holidays with friends, family and parties, there a few things you can do to make sure they stay warm.

Make sure your pet has the proper housing. For example, a doghouse should have a sloped roof, insulation and perhaps even a heater. Your pet should also have the proper bedding. The bed should be at least three inches off the floor to avoid drafts. One easy way to do this is setting the bed onto a canvas frame. To keep your pet even warmer, place a hot water bottle in your pet’s bed.

The grooming and diet of your pet can have a lot to do with keeping them warm as well. Limit the amount of times you brush your pet. Your pet’s fur may need to be kept longer and thicker during the winter months. Also, don’t let your pet outside after bathing them until they are completely dry. Provide more food for your pet during the winter months. Your pets use up more calories in the winter trying to stay warm.

If you have any questions about taking care of your pets during the winter or to schedule a checkup for your pet, call Dogwood Veterinary Hospital & Pet Resort at 919.942.6330 or email us at info@dogwoodvethospital.com .We service Chapel Hill, NC, Pittsboro, Chatham County and the Triangle area.

By |2015-12-15T12:33:12-04:00December 15th, 2015|Seasonal News|