As winter sets in, it is important to think about how to keep your dogs warm also. From dog houses and dog kennels for sale to pet accessories, there are plenty of products that can help to keep your furry friends warm.
Firstly you need to take into account the breed of dog that you have. Get information on the type of dog that you own and how well they handle colder weather. After you have a better understanding of your dog you can come up with a strategy to keep them warm and comfortable during the winter months.
Longer haired dogs who originate from cold countries, deal with winter better. Take a look at our top five tips for keeping your dogs warm this winter.
Take your dog for a Health assessment
Your dog will need to be healthy to deal with colder weather. Make sure that you check your dog’s health and contact your vet if you have any concerns. Certain health problems make it more difficult for dogs to handle the cold.
Arthritis, diabetes and heart problems are all medical problems that can contribute to your dog struggling to keep warm. Very old or young dogs will need even more special attention during winter. If your dog suffers from illnesses make sure that you ask your vet what you can do to help your dog cope.
Bring your dog inside at night
During the winter months it is advisable to allow your dogs to sleep inside at night. You can put their dog beds in the lounge or kitchen so that they stay warm as the temperature drops. If you are keeping your dogs indoors, make sure that you let them outside to go to the toilet.
On warmer days take the opportunity to take them for a walk to get some exercise. Otherwise play games with your dog inside the house. If the weather is warmer during the day and you are leaving your dogs outside, make sure that they have adequate shelter such as a dog house.
When you are looking for dog kennels for sale, choose one that protects your dog from chilly winds and rain. Dog kennels should be placed strategically for extra protection. Find a place that is protected from winds under a shelter. Choosing the right size kennel is important too. As a rough guideline the kennel should give your dog enough space to turn around. However it should not be too large for your dog as this decreases its insulation.
Position the kennel with the entrance facing a wall with a space that is large enough for your dog to enter and exit the kennel easily. Add soft dog beds and blankets to the kennel to keep your dog warm and comfortable. Check the blankets regularly to make sure that they are dry. You should provide your dog with fresh water every day and check to see that the water does not freeze in winter.
Dog jackets for a warmer pup
If your dog is struggling with the cold, you can buy him or her dog clothes. Make sure that you keep an eye on them when they are wearing their jersey to make sure that they stay safe. The jacket should fit your dog properly. Make sure that it isn’t too tight.
Extra food for cold days
During winter you will need to give your dogs more food if they spend time outside. A slight increase will be sufficient. Upping their fat intake slightly is also helpful. Dogs need the extra energy to keep their body temperature up in the cold. It is best to consult with your vet as you don’t want to overfeed your dog or give them too much fat.
Stop trimming your pet’s hair
Don’t cut your dog’s hair during winter. Longer hair will help to keep them warm. While you shouldn’t cut your dog’s hair short, you can still keep your dog’s coat clean and tidy. Don’t forget to find some warm and fuzzy dog clothes for those pets that have shorter coats.
Great Deals in Dog Kennels
Take a look at a few of the dog kennels that you can find on Junk Mail.
You can find an extra large dog kennel for sale. It is priced at R950. This dog kennel has an igloo shape.
Concrete Dog Kennel
A concrete dog kennel is available for R600. Its dimensions are 75cm x 90 cm x 90cm and it has a 78 cm high entrance. It is durable and weather proof.
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