Brrrr, it’s still January and it’s COLD! As you decide to take a walk outside with your pet and put on that warm winter coat, perhaps even a scarf, a hat, and boots, what is your pet wearing? If you are cold, chances are, so is your pet. Some breeds, like Huskies and Samoyeds, manage better in cold climates, however, many breeds of dogs don’t have enough fur to keep them warm once the temperature drops low. With that in mind, pay attention to your pet’s needs during the winter months.
Coats and booties can help your pet stay warm. If your dog has short hair, consider getting a coat or a sweater for them.
Brush your dog regularly, because the air in many homes tends to become dry during the colder months, which reduce moisture from a dog’s fur and skin. Once you brush your dog’s hair, you help to improve the skin, coat, and circulation.
If your cat or dog is arthritic, it is especially important for you to keep them warm, because the cold air stiffens their joints and makes them tender. This becomes very uncomfortable and painful for your pet, so be particularly gentle with them this time around.
If you need to groom your pet, don’t have him shaved to the skin since a longer coat will provide him with more warmth.
Pay attention to your pet’s behavior. Animals can’t talk (surprise!), so it’s up to us to watch their body language and behavior to identify whether they are comfortable or if something is bothering them.
Lastly, if you notice something out of the ordinary with your pet, always consult a veterinarian.
Now, go snuggle up with your furry pal(s) and keep each other warm. The cold weather of January is no match for you!