Winter is not even here yet, but I know Red is already starting to feel the cold. This summer wasn’t great (weatherwise), so it feels like she hasn’t been without a sweater in months. In this article I’m going to talk about the ways to keep your senior dog warm and protected this winter.
10 hot tips
Your dog may be feeling the cold more than she used to, so why not buy her a sweater, or nice warm coat to wear on your walks, or even indoors if you think she needs it. Try putting it in the dryer for a couple of minutes to warm it up before going out (if it is suitable for the dryer of course!).
If you’d like to try crocheting your own dog coat, I’ve included a video tutorial. Believe me, I don’t have much of a clue when it comes to crocheting, but this is so easy, anyone can do it, and I do mean anyone.
Where your dog sleeps
Wherever your dog sleeps, make sure there’s no draught, and she’s nice and toasty.
Wrap her up!
I leave a blanket on every dog bed just in case Red gets cold. If she is, she wraps herself up in it. Consider leaving a blanket on your dog’s bed.
Keep the bed warm
Doggie heating mats and electric blankets can be added to your dog’s bed, or self heating mats if you don’t like the idea of electric ones. Hot water bottles can work too!
Don’t let your dog freeze outside
If your dog spends a lot of time in the yard, consider getting her a dog house, and insulate it with straw so she has a warm place to go. If she lives out there, the shelter should have an overhang so snow and rain do not get in, a sloped roof and heating. Better yet, let her join the family and live indoors.
Elevate the bed off a cold floor
Hardwood, concrete and tile floors can be quite cold in the winter, so if your dog’s bed is on that type of flooring, try getting a couple of carpet squares, towels or blankets to put under her bed, so it is not in direct contact with the cold floor.
No shaving in the winter
You may like your dog shaved pretty close in the summer months, but consider leaving her hair longer in the winter for insulation.
Don’t go outside if you’re wet!!
If you bathe your dog at home, don’t let her out until you are sure she is completely dry.
That frozen lake may not really be frozen
Looks can be deceiving, and deadly! Don’t go near frozen lakes or ponds, because they may not actually be frozen.
10 Hot Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog Warm and Protected This Winter – conclusion
Keeping your senior dog warm this winter, is just one of the many things we can do to make their lives as comfortable as possible.
If you live in a cold climate, what do you do to keep your dog nice and comfy? Why not share your tips in the comments below or on my Facebook page.