Feb 11th, 2020

How to protect your pet this winter

Your pet is part of your family so it’s very important to go out of your way for them. They provide you with so much love and affection and expect so little in return. This winter, protect your pet with these tips.

Dress them up

It won’t hurt to give your dog or cat a little extra clothing if they’ll be spending ample time outdoors with you. Try a pet coat, vest, hat and/or shrug to protect their body and head from the cold. 

Try booties

Road salt can be harful to your pet’s paws and quite painful. Protect their feet with waterproof booties. Look for booties with good grip so your pets don’t slip on icy streets and sidewalks.

Take shorter walks more often

You don’t enjoy walking for long periods of time when you’re chilled and neither does your pet, but they still need to walk. Instead of going for an epic walk, take several shorter walks instead. Try to make them long enough that your pet can do their business, but short enough that they don’t shiver too much. Most pets will let you know when they want to head back in the winter, but don’t stray too far from home to ensure they don’t freeze on the return journey.

Make a cozy nook for them at home

If your home is drafty, your pet will feel it. Ensure they have a cozy space where they are free to snuggle. This could be a fluffy dog bed, a couch or comfy chair or a big pillow on the floor. 

Dry them off after spending time outdoors

Your pet might love frolicking in the snow and slush in winter, but by the time they get home they will be cold, wet and miserable. Leave a towel by your front door and take time to dry them off and remove salt from their paws and fur if it is caught. Your pet will be healthier and happier for it and your furniture will thank you! 

We hope you and your pet have a wonderful winter! Timbercreek hopes that these winter pet protection tips make it your best season together yet.

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