If you own a dog, do him a favor by taking proactive steps to ensure his warmth throughout the winter. You can do a lot to maintain your dog’s comfort throughout the coldest months and it won’t take much effort. Let’s take a look at some of the best ideas.
An Elevated Bed
One of the best ways to keep your dog warm, healthy and happy is to provide him with a sizable dog bed. Don’t let him lie on the cold hard floor. Instead, give him a soft dog bed that will protect him from drafts. Always lift his bed at least 3 inches up off of the floor and consider putting a microwavable heating pad or hot water bottle beneath it to keep him nice and toasty. Some dog owners go as far as using microwave heated snuggle disks to maintain their dog’s bed heat for hours on end.
Thick And Protective Clothing
Another way to maintain your dog’s health and comfort during the cold months is to purchase jackets and sweaters. These will come in handy for outdoor walks. They’ll also keep him warm if you turn the heat down during the day while you are away at work. Jackets and sweaters look super cute as well. If you can, purchase dog garments that have a waterproof nylon coating so the snow’s moisture doesn’t seep into his fur.
Buy your dog a pair of booties. A dog’s temperature is primarily regulated through the soles of his paws. When he walks barefoot on the snow, he’ll really feel the winter’s wrath. Protect his paws from the extreme temperatures and the road’s salt with warm booties.
Proper Outdoor Housing
If you let your dog spend a significant amount of time outside during the winter, provide him with the right housing. Every doghouse should have bedding or ample straw, a sloped roof to prevent the accumulation of snow and significant insulation. Some dog owners go as far as providing a heater for the dog house if their furry friend spends most of his time outdoors.
Extra Dog Food
You should feed your dog more food during the winter months. Dogs burn more calories in an effort to keep warm when it’s cold outside. Dogs that spend a significant amount of time outdoors during the winter should eat 10 to 20 percent more food between November and March. Don’t forget to rub his belly and give him an after dinner treat. Nothing lifts a dog’s spirit more than extra attention and special food.