- The more your pet is outside, the more fuel needed.·
- Indoor pets may get less exercise in the cold months and will need fewer calories to avoid weight gain.·
- Keep a close eye on your dog’s weight and food habitsThe Dog House·
- If your dog loves the outdoors, it still needs a dry elevated dog house with clean dry bedding and a flap over the opening to keep drafts out.·
- Never use a space heater, heat lamp or any other device that is not approved for use with animals.
The Water Dish:
- As always make sure there is plenty of fresh drinking water.·
- Pets lose moisture through breathing and the effects of cold temperatures are magnified by dehydration.·
- Make sure the water does not freeze.·
- Avoid metal dishes in the cold months (think about the tongue thing)
Clothing (For the dog, not you):·
- We sometimes forget the obvious, smaller dogs have less body mass so they have less protection against harsh winter weather. They are also closer to the ground.·
- It’s not for decoration; dog boots, sweaters or coats help protect your dog’s skin and coat from pelting rain and snow.·
- A cozy dog sweater raises their body temperature. This can help shorthaired breed, dogs that are sick, older dogs or young puppies.