With frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall, the first few months of the year can be tough for your dog, making it easy for him to catch the winter blues. Here are five winter tips to show your dog a little extra love and keep him healthy and happy this season!
- Play Dress Up with Your Pup
Just because your dog has a built-in fur coat doesn’t mean he won’t get cold—his breed, size, and even his age affect his internal thermostat. If he doesn’t have a heavy fur coat, a sweater or dog coat can keep your pup cozy during the winter season. Pay attention to the material and the fit when choosing a coat or sweater for your furry friend’s comfort. It never hurts to have several on hand to ensure your dog has a dry sweater or coat whenever he heads outdoors.
- Change Grooming Habits for Winter:
In the drying winter season, less is more when it comes to baths. If possible, minimize baths during the colder months to help your dog maintain naturally occurring oils so his skin won’t dry out as much. If your dog gets hot spots, we recommend using the Animal Scents Ointment. When you do bathe him, pamper your pup by using Animal Scents™ Shampoo to clean and condition your pet’s coat. Make sure your dog is completely dry before going out after a bath to avoid over exposure to the cold temperatures.
- Prevent Cabin Fever:
If you live somewhere cold, your dog may stay inside more during this time of year. After being cooped up all day, it’s easy for your furry friend to catch cabin fever. Combat the boredom by creating indoor activities and stocking up on plenty of toys. Playing with interactive toys—or any toys for that matter—can stimulate you pet’s brain. If you live near an indoor dog park or agility park, an hour a day could be a great physical outlet for him. We even like to bake our fur babies homemade treats with lavender to relax after a fun day playing!
- Help Your Pet Stay Hydrated:
Cold temperatures can cause dehydration, so help your pup stay hydrated by giving him plenty of fresh water and choosing high-quality food for good nutrition and health.
- Provide a Warm, Clean Bed and Plenty of Blankets:
Who doesn’t like to snuggle up to fresh, warm blankets on a cold day? Freshen up your dog’s bedding by laundering it regularly with Thieves Laundry Detergent so he has a clean place to stay warm. Be sure to avoid using dryer sheets as those pose lots of health risks with all the added chemicals and toxic ingredients. Instead, opt for wool dryer balls with a drop of lavender.