You are outside in the backyard, the clouds are overhead, the wind is chilly and there is a slight dampness in the air. You can’t wait to get back inside to sip your favourite hot drink and sit in front of the heater. It’s the winter blues – and you are not the only one. Your four-legged friend is right by your side and can’t wait to get back into their warm bed or favourite resting spot. Here are some tips on how to help your pet fight the winter blues.

Keep your pet indoors

We always recommend keeping your fur babies safe and warm inside, but if your pet spends a majority of their time outside then proper outdoor housing is a must. There are fantastic ranges of kennels for dogs and enclosures for cats that offer water, frost and wind protection. Make sure the housing is placed away from the seasonal elements in a position where they feel secure and cosy.

Whether inside or outside make sure your pets bedding is raised off the floor and away from cold winds including the doorways of kennels. Fill an outside kennel with warm dry blankets that are washed regularly.

Feed me, feed me!

You’ll probably notice your pet’s appetite will increase during winter. This is especially true in outside pets that will use more energy to keep warm. Keep a close eye on your pet’s weight ensuring they are nourished, but not overfed from too many winter snacks.

Keep your pet warm

Particularly cold winters days can be uncomfortable for slim, younger or older dogs.

If your dog is showing signs of shivering or they’re cold when they’re sleeping a jacket may be the perfect solution. There are lots of great clothing options for our pets these days, with different styles and fabrics to suit different pets. There are even options to keep your pet dry so you don’t need to worry about the rain stopping your next adventure.

You can also try placing a hot water bottle (with warm, not hot water) or heat pack into your pet’s bed. This will soon make a comfortable place to rest. A caution for pets who love to chew, only use warm water and if you have any doubts there are other options such as heating discs and pads. Ask us for more information.

Creaking bones and awkward moves

If your pet is struggling to get out of bed then it could be a sign of arthritis or an age-related disease. Often these problems are provoked by cold weather and we recommend 6 monthly check-ups particularly if your pet is showing signs of ageing. Find out more about senior pet care including arthritis here.

Get my lead, let’s go walking!

There’s nothing like a walk in the park and some aerobic exercise to get rid of the winter blues. Rug up and head out for your pet’s favourite activity. Not only will your dog love you for it, but you’ll also be feeling fantastic in no time too.

Quick tips for older pets

  • Create a warm haven where your older pet can curl up and avoid draughty areas.
  • Elevate their bed up off the cold floor. Particularly concrete and hard surfaces.
  • Provide thick warm bedding and use heating products where possible.
  • Maintain your pet’s joint mobility by providing regular exercise (20 minute daily walks on level ground)
  • If you believe your pet is in pain please ask us for veterinary advice. Advancements in veterinary medicine make treatment for the ailments of age-related disease possible.