Staying warm during winter

Staying warm during winter

While planning for winter, responsible pet owners should also start thinking about the comfort levels of their furry companions. If you are starting to feel cold and uncomfortable, then your pet is likely feeling the same way. Luckily, there are a number of simple ways you can keep your pet safe and warm this winter.

Grooming during winter time

Many dog owners allow their dog’s coat to grow out in winter because of the cold weather. In actual fact, as strange as it may sound your dog needs to be groomed more when it has a longer coat than when it has a shorter coat.

Dogs with long coats tend to have a double coat. They have a top coat and an undercoat. All dogs shed like own hair. In spring and autumn they shed more getting either their winter or summer coats.
A dog’s undercoat is made to keep it warm in winter and cool in summer, just like the insulation in your house. If the undercoat is left to matt up then the dog’s skin can’t breathe and the undercoat can’t dry. It actually makes the dog colder not warmer.

o keep your dog warm and comfortable during our cold winters, here at Hounds Like Fun, our team of dog groomers can bath your dogs and tidy your dog’s face and paws. Both of these are cheaper than a full service groom as they do not take as much time as a full dog clip. If a dog clip is required then we can make the clip longer and this helps reduce the matting as well.

Better bedding

As the weather gets cooler, you might notice your pet is spending more time snuggled up in their bed. You can make a few simple adjustments to their bedding to ensure they are properly protected from the cold.
Make sure your pet’s bed is away from drafts and elevated off cold, hard surfaces. You should raise the bed off the ground and add an extra blanket for warmth and comfort. Try not to place the bed too high though, as cold temperatures are especially tough on older dogs or cats with stiff joints who may have difficulty in movement after long periods of rest.

Winter clothing

Dressing your pets in winter will help them keep them warm and maintain their body temperature when it gets colder. This is particularly important for short-coated breeds. Ensure they are comfortable – some animals don’t like wearing clothes.

Exercise

You should still be giving your dog adequate exercise, as exercise needs to not decrease for mammals during cool seasons. You may want to simply change the time of your walk. Early morning/evening may be too cold for you and your dog so perhaps walks should be mid morning/early afternoon instead.
Play indoor games with your dog if it is too cold to get out. There is a wide variety of dog toys available to keep your pooch entertained and exercised indoors.

How cold is too cold?

The answer to this question is somewhat complicated, however using outdoor temperatures as a guide, as well as taking wind-chill into account, is the best way to estimate it. How it actually feels is important, which is why wind-chill should be included.

At around 12 – 15 degrees most pets will probably be quite safe. At 10 degrees, you need to keep an eye on them as it can be potentially unsafe depending on their age, general health, and breed. Seven degrees indicates that there is certainly potential danger, and below zero degrees the temperature is potentially life-threatening. Animals shouldn’t have prolonged periods outdoors when temperatures are as low as this.