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Five Tips for Keeping Your Pets Warm During the Winter

January 23, 2014 7:57am (EST)
Dog sweaters aren't just cute, they do keep dogs warm by retaining body heat. Image via Flickr.com
Dog sweaters aren't just cute, they do keep dogs warm by retaining body heat. Image via Flickr.com

You may think your dog or cat has instant protection against the cold temperatures because of its coat, but think again. They are susceptible to the freezing temperatures too and warm up by taking shelter indoors or in case of strays go under the hoods of cars or abandoned buildings.

There are simple ways to keep your pets warm this winter. Here are five easy tips to follow.

1.) Keep your pets indoors. Their coats don’t protect them from harsh dips in temperatures so let them go outdoors for the necessary functions like relieving themselves and brief exercise. Other than that, keep them inside.

2.) Get them pet sweaters. Sure people may laugh at you for “dressing up your pet” but there is a reason for this indulgence. According to the ASPCA, the sweater or coat retains your pets’ natural body heat. It also keeps its skin from drying out.

3.) Limit baths and hair cuts. When you bathe your pet, make sure your pet is completely dry before taking it out for a walk. Don’t trim your pet as much during winter months as the fur helps to retain the body heat.

4.) Provide your pet with a warm spot to sleep. Keep it away from drafty areas. A pet bed and blanket are preferred.

5.) Don’t leave your pet in a cold car. Remember a cold car can act like a refrigerator and can freeze your pet to death.

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