Piles of snow on your usual walking route? Cold air making your
dog's joints achy?Winter can certainly bring some blues to your
pet-play schedule, but it can also be a season full of new kinds
of fun.Here are the best ways to beat the winter blues with your
dog and get on to frolicking in the snow and then cuddling by the
Check out the
top 5 tips for winter nutrition for dogs
, and learn how a little chicken broth (unsalted) can help your
dog keep on the weight they need to stay warm while playing in
Loosen Up with Supplements:
Cold air can mean stiffer joints for dogs suffering from
. Look into giving your dog
glucosamine or chondroitin supplements
, which can help prevent the degeneration of cartilage in their
Take a look at these
7 easy ways to exercise your dog in cold weather
, and find out what the best fetch-in-the-snow toys are and what
"skijoring" is.With a little creativity, winter can be your new
favorite time with your dog.
How to winter shop for your dog?
The winters are a testing time for our four-legged friends. While
a few breeds of dogs can tolerate a severe drop in temperatures,
most of them need our help to cope with the cold. Little pups,
senior dogs, and injured dogs are more susceptible to the harsh
effects of winter. The common problems faced by canines are
frostbite and hypothermia. Pet owners can minimize these threats
by protecting their furry friends by understanding their pet's
age, skin type, fur type, genetic build, and susceptibility.
How to select winter clothes
for your dogs?
One should also consider the pet's weight while buying them
clothes. Skinny pets would need warmer and thicker coats. If the
pet is suffering from arthritis or has recently been through a
surgery, it will need extra layers of winter wear to lessen the
pains. These dogs will require not just warm clothing but also
warm bedding and blankets. The regular pet clothes will not be
sufficient during wintry weather. Choose jackets and coats that
are designed and made specifically for winters.
Since the pet owners know their pets better than the shopkeepers,
they should be able to choose which item of clothing is best
suited for their dogs. The intention is to keep the pet warm and
cozy and not make them feel uneasy or itchy. We should also check
the quality of fabric for its wash-ability and durability.
Discussing with other pet owners and veterinary doctors about it
can help understand which brand is good and what fabric is more
suitable under different weather conditions.
Different styles that you can
try for your dog
Dogs will definitely look cute in denim and jackets but ensure
that they also feel good. Ideally, the clothing should make the
dog walk around comfortably without causing hindrance to its
movement. It should be easy for you to put on and off your pet.
There should not be any part of the clothing pressing against
their bodies as it would bruise them. Check if the dog can run
and walk in its usual speed wearing the coat. One more
prerequisite is that the winter clothing should not have any
large openings or gaps else the very purpose is defeated.
The jackets should be in bright colors or must contain some
reflective strips, as it is necessary during early morning and
late evening walks when there are no proper lights. The jacket or
coats must also be waterproof - this helps you to take them out
for walks despite the weather. Most importantly, measure your dog
correctly only then can you buy something that fits snugly and
comfortably. Remember that a good winter coat covers a dog from
its neck to its tail and underbelly, but it will not protect its
ears, nose, paws, and tail from the chills and frostbite. Take
care that your canine friends do not spend too much time outdoors
in the freezing cold.