Most of us have noticed the sharp drop in temperature, particularly in the mornings and evenings, and are wrapping up in hats, scarves and gloves.
However, as you battle through the bitterness, bear in mind your pet dog who is also feeling the chill, particularly if they live outside.
To ensure your best friend is keep nice and warm, take a note of the following tips:
1. Place a hot water bottle under their bedding
Make sure you place it under a blanket and not directly on their bed in case they burn themselves
2. Put a coat on them when heading outside
You will still need Putting coats on dogs is definitely a love ‘em or hate ‘em kind of thing, but they are FAB for really cold weather.
3. Make sure their kennel is properly insulated
If bringing your dog indoors for the winter months is not possible, make sure their outdoor home is both warm and protected from the elements. Blankets, hot water bottle, insulation and a sloped roof will help to keep them warm.
4. Keep their bedding off the ground
Whether they are inside or out, you will need to make sure their bedding is at least 3 inches off the ground to keep them away from drafts. Place their bed on a crate or frame to keep it from sitting directly on the floor, particularly if they are outside.
5. Give them a little extra food
Did you know that dogs actually use up a lot more calories during the winter trying to keep warm? Give them a little extra food to counteract this but do talk to your vet beforehand, especially if they are on a special diet.