Guest Blog: Stacy Kowalchuk ” Surviving Winter With Your Pet”
Stacy’s dog Ellie smiling by the fire
As the weather continues to get colder, it’s important to think about our pets and keeping them warm and happy through winter. Even though they have their own fur coats, many of them may need extra warmth in the cold, especially when going outside. Here are a few basic tips:
Paws: After a dog walk down an icy sidewalk or a romp in the snow, be sure to wipe down your pet’s paws. They may have collected snow, salt, or antifreeze. If your pet tries to lick its paws after coming inside, the salt and antifreeze can make him very sick.
Wear a coat: Dogs and cats with thinner coats such as Greyhounds, Sphynx cats, and small breeds may need to wear an extra layer when going out into the cold. Other breeds like Huskies and Akitas have thick enough coats to provide plenty of warmth.
Senior pets: Elderly and ill pets are especially sensitive to extreme temperatures so it’s important to bundle up.
Activity levels: Winter for some pets means more time spent indoors and less action. However, for the snow-loving pets, they are spending extra time outdoors playing and burning energy. Take your pet’s new activity level into consideration for how much you are feeding him or her.
The most important tip (to me at least) is that you remember to snuggle close with your pet. Not only does it keep you both warm, but it’s also a great way to bond!
Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog owner and pet blogger at Trupanion pet insurance. She has been writing pet-related blogs, tips, and articles for over 3 years and has owned dogs her entire life.