There is usually drop in temperatures and shorter days as the cold weather fronts draw in. Your dog should be prepared due to this reason. They need the same love and affection as that you would give those that are dear and near to you. You should put into consideration the difference between indoors and outdoors temperatures though you don’t have to completely overboard, because they can affect your dog. Reviewing your dog’s food is necessary and also making sure that they are in good health and make the changes that may be needed, thus keeping the dog happy all through winter.
You should do some research about your dog to find out how their breed copes and adapts with lower temperatures. You’ll find that some larger breeds like Huskies and German Shepherds will develop a thick coat which will help withstand adverse weather conditions but if they are originally from a warmer climate, they will most probably feel the chill. You should check if the dog house is well insulated and ready for the oncoming cold spell, if your pet lives in the yard. You should check on the beddings belonging to the dog, if it lives indoors, make sure that they are comfortable and warm to avoid it getting cold from the floor tiles. Make sure that your pet spends limited time outdoors and you should also dry them well before entering the house.
You should take extra care of your pet if it loves to play in the snow because there is higher risk of infection and illness for dogs, just as humans, during the colder months. Antifreeze, though it tastes incredible to dogs, care should be taken when using it because it is quite toxic and for that matter it should be stored away from your pet’s reach.
You should ensure that your dog’s diet is observed during the cold season, it is important that they remain lean and in good health throughout the year. Make sure you feed your dog with a meal that is raw and nutrient filled to give it energy to enjoy and explore with you. Your dog should be well hydrated, by checking that the water it is drinking is enough. Your dog’s metal bowl should be changed to plastic to prevent it from injuring its tongue that is sensitive.
You should keep your pet well groomed, regardless of the cold outside. You should brush and groom your dog after time spent outside.