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The winter season can be chilly for everyone, but especially pets! Luckily for pet owners, caring for your furry friends during the nippier months of the year is as simple as making a few changes, or investing in some additional pet products to help keep your dogs and cats healthy and warm throughout the season.

  1. Buy a Dog or Cat Coat

A dog coat should be an essential part of your dog’s wardrobe. Dog coats needn’t be expensive, but a good one will last this Winter and many more to come. Dogs that go on plenty of walks (as all dogs should!) will benefit from having a durable and warm dog coat.

Not only do dog coats help to protect against the chill in the air, they can also help keep your dog dry and clean. By offering a layer of waterproof protection, your dog (or cats!) fur will become less dirty, with less risk of matting up and getting hard to clean.

As with coats for us humans, a dog coat can bring lots of warmth to your furry friend, making sure their temperature is regulated and they don’t get too cold. When you’re walking your dog, make sure to listen to what they’re telling you. Dogs are incredibly curious and will always take the opportunity to explore and see what they can find. If your dog is usually incredibly inquisitive, but seems reluctant to go for a walk or eager to get back home, it can be a sign that your dog would prefer to stay indoors.

If your dog is finding it too cold to go outside, make sure you offer your dog plenty of indoors exercise, or try to schedule their outdoors time at a later stage, when it may be a little warmer. It’s always important to make sure your dog is keeping up with a good exercise routine!

  1. Exercise Safety On Walks or Outdoors Time

Whether your cat likes to go outside, or you have scheduled walks each day with your dog, there’s plenty of things to be cautious about when the weather turns cooler. Although it’s a great thing to make sure your animal is getting enough outdoors time, when the weather changes, plenty of man-made hazards can exist, and they can irritate, or even hurt, your pet.

Dogs having a walk in the snow

One of the big things to be cautious of is salt and grit on the roads. Salt and grit can help keep the roads clean and safe for drivers, but the chemicals can be harmful to pets sensitive paws. If you know that certain parts of your usual route, or areas where your outdoors cat tends to go, will be covered in grit salt, be sure to make adjustments to the route, or keep your cat inside.

Many people choose to walk their pets during the evening, too. Although animals love getting outside during the night as much as we might do, it can be quite hard to see potential hazards in the dark. As the nights begin drawing in earlier, try to schedule your walks for earlier in the day when there’s still plenty of daylight available.

We also advise swapping from an extendable leash to a more traditional style, where possible (or keeping the extendable leash short enough to make sure your pet doesn’t accidentally get hurt). Most trained pets will know not to head towards danger, but it never hurts to exercise a bit more caution, especially when it’s icy!

  1. Ensure Your Home Is Warm Enough

Everyone wants to ensure their pets are comfortable. In the colder months, it’s vital to make sure that your pet has enough blankets and warm areas to cuddle up in and stay cozy.

For cat owners especially, it might be a great idea to have a few litter trays available in your home. Some cats go do their business outside, but having the option for them to stay in where it’s warm can be super beneficial to cats, particularly those who are a little older.

If your pet is getting into more advanced years, or suffers with mobility issues, it may be a great time to consider investing in an elevated dog bed. These beds are easily accessible and provide more even, firm support for dogs who may struggle with a traditional style bed. There’s also the added bonus of being easy to clean – nobody enjoys trying to get mud from fluffy beds when their dogs just come in from a mid-day walk!

No matter what type of pet you have, it’s important to provide safe, warm areas of your home for your pets to get comfortable in, all year round. Particularly during November, December and January, it’s a great idea to have plenty of soft areas with blankets for your pets to curl up in. Maybe consider purchasing a few extra blankets to make sure you always have enough.

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