8 Ways to Keep Pets Cosy This Winter

8 Ways to Keep Pets Cosy This Winter

Keep your furry friends warm and happy during the cooler months with our 8 tips.

When the temperatures drop, we each have our own way of keeping warm — whether it’s cosying up to a fire, snuggling under a throw or lounging about in a favourite sweater. But what about our furry family members? Here are eight ways to keep your pets warm this winter.

1. Provide Sweaters and Coats
You may have seen stores display cute sweaters and coats for pets, but they’re not just for novelty anymore. There are many pet clothing brands that cater specifically to pets living in harsh environments. When it’s wet or snowy outside, put your pet in a coat before you go outside to make sure they stay warm and dry. You might also want to consider using booties during walks so your pet’s paws stay protected from the cold, ice and salt.

2. Keep Beds Cosy
Place your pet’s bed on carpet or a rug during the colder months. Solid floors like hardwood and tile get cold. If this isn’t possible, place a blanket underneath their bed.

3. Dry After a Bath
For some pets, especially those with long hair, it takes hours for fur to fully dry. If you bathe your pet during winter, use a hairdryer on a low heat setting afterward to speed up the drying process. Be sure to alternate between the warm and cool airflow to avoid any discomfort.

4. Leave the Heat on
Although it saves money to decrease the temperature or turn the heat off during the day while you're at work, be mindful that your pet is still home. If you would be uncomfortably cold, most likely your pet will be, too.

5. Trim Paw Fur
If it’s often snowy where you live, it’s helpful to keep the fur on your dog’s paws trimmed. This will help prevent snowballs on their paws and will allow them to dry more quickly once indoors.

6. Leave Fur Long
When you take your pet for grooming, ask them to leave their hair long. Pet coats naturally fill out more during the winter months to keep them warm, so keep the short haircuts at bay until the warmer months are back.

7. Increase Calories
Be sure to ask your vet first, but another option to help keep pets warm is to increase their calorie intake. Animals tend to use more calories in the winter, so increasing the amount of food you give them will help compensate.

8. Cuddle
Snuggling with your pet will not only warm their body temperature (and yours), but it will be sure to warm their heart, too!

What’s the best way to keep your pet cosy during cold months? Tell us in the comments below!


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