Top tips for caring for your fur-baby this winter

The temperatures are starting to drop as winter fast approaches. It’s nearly time for woolly socks, hot drinks and warm coats.

As it gets colder, we need to start thinking about the comfort levels of our furry companions. If you are starting to feel cold and uncomfortable, then your pet is likely feeling the same way.

Here’s a couple of easy ways you can keep your pet safe and warm this winter.

Cosy Coats
Although many dog breeds have luxurious thick fur to keep them warm, when they are outside or on walks in the cold, they will still likely benefit from an additional winter coat. This is especially important if you have a thin, older or short haired breed.

A good pet-coat or jumper will give coverage from the neck to the base of the tail while also giving protection to their belly. Make sure your pet’s coat is the right fit and isn’t restricting movement.

Remember, don’t leave your pet’s coat on once they are in a heated indoor environment as they may over-heat under all those layers!
1. Nora Dog Hoodie available in 30/35/40/45/55 cm, The Reject Shop  $12.00 RRP. 2. Pretty in Pink Dog Coat - available in 30, 35, 40, 45, 55 cm, The Reject Shop  $15.00 RRP.  3. Pet Star Hoody Jumper – available in S, M, L, XL, XXL, Kmart $9.00 RRP.  4. Camouflage Dog Coat available in 30, 35, 40, 45, 55 cm, The Reject Shop $12 RRP.

The Reject Shop have a handy guide on how to choose the right size coat for your doggo here.

Better bedding
As the weather gets cooler, you might notice your pet is spending more time snuggled up in their bed. You can make a few simple adjustments to their bedding to ensure they are protected from the cold. 

Make sure your pet’s bed is away from drafts and elevated off cold, hard surfaces. You should raise the bed off the ground and add an extra blanket for warmth and comfort. Make sure that the bed is not too high though, as cold temperatures are especially tough on older dogs with stiff joints who may have difficulty in movement after long periods of rest.

You can place a heating pad or disc in their bed (avoid hot water bottles as there may be the temptation to chew!) to gently warm up the bedding and create a cosy, warm and safe sleeping environment.
1. Perfect Pet Bolstered Large Pet Bed – Black, Big W $25.00 RRP.  2. Brilliant Basics Pet Blanket - assorted prints, Big W $2.00 RRP.  Make your pets bed comfy with the Brilliant Basics Pet Blanket. Featuring an all over print and a fleece style, this polyester constructed piece will keep your pet warm all night long.  3. Rectangle Faux Fur Pet Bed – Large, Kmart $20.00 RRP.  4. Pet Turtle Neck Jumper - S, M, L, XL, XXL, Kmart $7.00 RRP.  5. Heated Pet Bed, Kmart  $39.00 RRP.  6. Pet Knit Jumper – available in S, M, L, XL, XXL, Kmart $9.00 RRP.

Give me Shelter
If your pet spends a lot of time outside, then appropriate shelter is essential. A kennel for your dog will provide protection from rain, frost and wind. Choose a spot for your pet’s housing that is protected from the elements in a warm elevated position. Fill your pet’s shelter with dry blankets – remember to wash them regularly. 

If your dog is usually kept outside, you could bring them indoors to sleep at night, somewhere warm and dry, away from cold drafts and damp.
1. Canvas Dog Kennel – Large, Kmart $35.00 RRP.  This dog kennel with a canvas look will be your furry-pawed pal's favourite place to laze around. Let your pooch turn this cosy structure with a powder coated frame into home!  2. Plastic Dog Kennel - 75(l)x60(w)x66(h)cm, The Reject Shop $45.00 RRP.

Keep on Moving
The temptation in winter is to stay indoors, safely snuggled under a warm blanket. But your dog still needs exercise and boredom busting stimulation. Keep playing indoors with soft toys or a ball to get the blood moving.

Or, brave the cold, grab the lead, put on both your winter coats, and head out for a brisk walk together!  Your dog will still love the joy of their walk even if it’s a bit colder, and you will feel better for the exercise too.

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