2. Let’s Start
It’s freezing outside and it’s set to
bring colder temperature, with fogs,
frost, snow and hails. Maybe you are
already prepared, what about your
four-legged babies? Keeping your pet
safe and warm is a must even if they
are fur-coated. These creatures are
prone to winter health risks just as
you are. Stephanie Taunton, a
certified dog trainer, shares safety
tips to protect your friend and
ensure they are safe when winter
3. Keep Them Warm While Outside
• Either you have outdoor pets or some in the
neighbourhood, don’t forget to keep their
• Ensure the shelter is raised above the floor to
prevent dampness or wetness.
• ‘A dry room, safe from rain, wind and any
other elements is recommended’ says
• Cover beddings with cedar shavings or straw
to provide maximum heat.
• Keep the seniors and young pets inside as they
are more liable to hypothermia or frostbite.
• Feed them often and change their water
regularly when it is cold.
4. Ensure Healthy Diets for Your Pet
• Feed your dog nutritious meal during winter
to increase their calories level
• A healthy diet will keep their fur healthy and
let them stay warm.
• The weather is already cold to feed them
cold food. Ensure the food is warm before
• Don’t overfeed them while at it as dogs tend
to be involved in less exercise during winter
and this can lead to excess weight gain
• Fat in diet is essential to keep them warm.
However, watch out for their activities and
know when to reduce it. Excess fats might
have a long term effect.
• Let them drink room temperature water
during this season
5. Reduce the Walk Time
• It’s safe to reduce the number of times your dog stays
outside and shorten their walk time.
• No pets no matter how fur-coated it is should spend
hours outside, they are all liable to health risk.
• Know your dog and read their behavior. Young dogs
cannot even withstand the weather, thus they
shouldn’t be taken to snowy areas.
• If you are covered up while outside, do the same for
your pet. Dressed them up in sweaters or coats with
pet’s boots to go with it.
• Examine your pets after walks for any signs of injuries
or cracks. The fur, the paws, and the pads might have
picked up harmful substances. Wipe them with towels
• Never leave your pet unattended while outside. De-
icing salts, sidewalks-chemical, and anti-freeze
especially might be tasteful to your pet but they are
6. Bundle Up Your Pets
• It’s cold outside and no one wants to
stay outdoors including your pet. Keep
them with you in the room.
• Keep the bedding dry and warm. A
woollen blanket and bed will provide
some cosiness and warmth.
• Watch out their behaviour, sometimes,
they might prefer a cooler place if the
room temperature is warm. Just a
cloth might be all that is needed.
• Notice your puppies burrowed in a
corner in for warmth? Consider
wearing coats or sweaters for them
even while indoors. They are still
young and they require more warmth.