How To Keep Your Dog Warm In The Winter

Dog in SnowIf 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.

Dog Booties

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.

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Hi everyone!

You may have noticed that the blog and website have been down for a while, but I am happy to report that we are coming back.

We experienced some server issues, and it has taken a while to get everything back up and running. You may notice a few small changes. The first one being no more “The Adventures of Wonder the Dog” section on the blog. After the website went down our beloved Wonder became ill and couldn’t pull through it. Unfortunately we lost him, and because he was such a large part of our lives, it has been difficult coping with his loss.

We are also in the process of finding more authors to bring you even more great information about pets. We are hoping to add a few different people from different parts of the pet industry to bring you more health, safety, and training tips. Let us know if you would like to read more about a specific topic and we will make it happen.

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