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How to keep your dog warm this winter

Updated: Aug 9, 2021

Brrrrrr, Winter is coming!

Although here in Australia we aren't known for extremely cold winters, it can still get rather chilly, especially at night! Therefore, there are a number of ways you can keep your furbae healthy and warm. There are some dog breeds that can handle winter weather like troopers and then there are others that as soon as the temperature drops, so does their tolerance for the cold. Smaller dogs and dogs with short coats will always feel the cold more than bigger dogs or ones with thicker coats. It is also good to remember that senior dogs are more likely to suffer negative effects from the cold rather than younger dogs.

But it is also worth remembering that even if your dog has a thick coat, they can only be insulated to a certain degree and that their ears, nose and paws are more exposed than the rest of their body.

Read on to find out what you need to know on keeping your dog warm and snug this winter.

Ways to keep your dog warm this winter Below are some ways you can keep your furbae warm and toasty this winter

1. Always provide a warm place to sleep

Whether your dog is an inside or outside dog, a soft bed and some soft thick blankets should provide plenty of warmth. However, if your dog does sleep outside in the garage or an external room or in a particularly draughty or colder part of the house, consider buying a self-warming mat. These retain your dog’s body heat and are safe to use.

2. Buy your dog a jacket or sweater

For breeds such as greyhounds, chihuahuas, whippets and other short haired dogs it is worth investing in buying them a doggie jacket, sweater or even dog pyjamas (yes, you heard right!) With the jackets, these are also great for walks and when outside. It is important to ensure a proper fit and look for designs that provide a snug fit, not too tight. It may take your furbae a little getting used to but they should love their new fashion accessory in no time!

3. Make sure they have adequate, dry shelter

If your dog sleeps outdoors, make sure their kennel or shelter is sturdy and secure as well as placed out of the elements and is dry and draught-free. Ideally, the shelter should be 10cm off the ground, you could even lay down straw for additional insulation.

Lastly, a few other things to keep in mind during the winter months.

  • Beware of fireplaces and always use a safety screen. Never leave a fire burning unattended.

  • Also be careful of electric and gas heaters, your dog can be burned if it gets too close or they could tip the heater over and start a fire.

  • It is really important to still exercise your dog, even if you don't want to go outside!Try and exercise them gently first, just like us, they need to warm up their muscles too.

With the above tips, you dog should be warm and toasty this winter! xx

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