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A dog with a very warm jacket to keep him warm

Five ways to keep your pets warm in the middle of a Canberra winter

We have been blessed with a relatively warm winter so far even though we are approaching the half way point (quiet cheer).  However, there is still plenty of cold weather to come in late July and August before we can ever contemplate putting our winter woollies away.

It is not only us that suffer from the cold weather.  So do our much-loved pets.

Here five ways to keep your pets warm in the middle of a Canberra winter and most importantly healthy.

Provide a warm, cozy place to sleep

Choosing the right bedding is vital to ensure your pets stay warm.  A soft bed and a thick blanket should provide plenty of warmth for your pets during the winter.  Do not forget to regularly wash the blankets.

These could be old hessian sacks or soft beautiful blankets! Wool blankets will keep much more heat than most. This is where the old sweater that you’re thinking of throwing away will come in handy!

Cats should ideally be kept happy and safe indoors, with access to warm places to rest and hide.

Cat sleeping in a little kennel

Get your dog a jacket or sweater

Some dogs are more susceptible to the cold than others.  Namely, dogs with very low levels of body fat and short, fine coats (sounds like a greyhound or a boxer) will likely need some extra help to stay warm.

Why not grab your pet a jacket!!  A dog coat that has been designed for canines that keep them warm when outdoors.

Just remember when your canine is looking super dapper in their new coat, neighbourhood dogs will be so jealous of your dog’s stylish new look when going for walks.  A couple of places to buy coats and jackets for your pets can be found here.

A dog with a very warm jacket to keep him warm A dog rugged up A dog with a jacket to keep them warm

Provide adequate shelter

If your pets spend a lot of time outdoors then adequate shelter to withstand the very low temperatures is a must.  It is important that the shelter (or kennel) will withstand all conditions, including rain, hail, frost wind, and snow.  It is important that the shelter is placed where it is protected from the elements, especially the wind.

Their shelter must be large enough to allow them to move comfortably, but small enough to hold in body heat.  One idea worth considering is to lay down straw for additional insulation.

If your dog is an outside dog, think about bringing them inside at night, even if it is only a couple of nights a week.

A pet in a warm kennel

Remove common poisons

Winter is the time that your out car may not a little assistance in the morning.  So the anti-freeze becomes an important ingredient to it starting each morning.  Unfortunately for dogs and cats, anti-freeze is a sweet taste but is toxic for them.  It is important to keep it out of reach and out of sight.

Look for other chemicals that you may use more in winter.  Make sure that they are stored in a protected place and out of reach of your animals.

Keep on moving

It is easy to forget about exercise during those colder months as the temptation of staying another 30 minutes under the warm blankets, especially when it might be -5 degrees outside.  Unfortunately for your dog or cat they still need exercise to prevent boredom.  Yes, even if it is -5.

So do not forget you still need to grab a lead, put on your winter coats, and adventure outside for a brisk walk.  Your dog will especially enjoy the walk regardless of the weather.  Oh, and the exercise will be good for you too.

A dog exercising

Wintertime can be a fun time for you and your pet as you snuggle up to your pet to stay warm.

A responsible pet owner should be focused on keeping their furry friends warm, comfortable, and healthy throughout the cooler months.  You gotta remember they’re your best buddies after all!

Do you have any tips for keeping your pets nice and warm during a Canberra winter? Comments below.

Have you thought about having portraits taken of your pets?  Contact me here to arrange a non-salesy consultation.

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