With winter here, it is important to look after our dogs. Here are some tips on how to help them through winter.
Most dogs will spend more time inside in the Winter months, when us humans will no doubt have the heater cranked up – it may feel nice and toasty for us, but not so comfortable for your furry friend. Most dogs will develop a Winter coat to protect them from the cold, but once inside a heated house they can easily become overheated.
An outdoor house or safe area, such as a kennel, is great for your dog in Winter, essential if they spend most of their time outdoors. However, these outdoor houses are only effective if:
Food and Water
In Winter you may exercise your dog less outside, but this can lead to weight gain. If you are exercising less, feed then a little less to match their reduced energy.
We all still need to be active in Winter, so do our dogs.
With the extra Winter coat, a dog can get a few mattered hair areas, often around the neck and back. This is where dogs like to scratch, but mattered hair can catch the claws so make sure you check the fur for built up areas. Regularly brushing your dog can help to reduce this, and help them shed their winter coat as the weather starts to warm up. Fleas also enjoy denser Winter coats so make sure you have all your flea treatments up-to date.