Winter has set in on Kansas City so now is the time to make sure your pets are well taken care of! There are many concerns for making sure your outdoor pets have everything they need to stay safe and comfortable despite cold temperatures. Below are some tips from petplanetmagazine.com on how to make sure your outdoor pets are ready for anything that could come their way.
Making sure your pet’s shelter is winter ready is important. While summertime houses can be easy and lightweight to create, winter time houses need a little bit extra preparation. Make sure the shelter in question has insulation in the walls and that the insulation is covered so it doesn’t get used as a toy. Blankets or beds are a nice addition to this too, as it allows for a warm area the pet may curl up in. A small opening is ideal as opposed to having one side open, to keep the heat inside.
Food and Water
When a pet is outdoors during the winter, there are a couple things to keep in mind to make sure they are covered in case bad weather keeps them outside or it gets very cold into the evenings. A heated water bowl is a must in areas where the temperature drops below freezing to ensure your pet has a healthy supply of water at all times. Similarly extra food will allow your pet to maintain their weight in colder conditions and will allow them to stay warmer.
Clothing and Care
Even with blankets, outdoor pets may not be able to maintain a proper body temperature. Dog clothing can be a great option for a pet living outside or for going on outdoor extended walks. Paw care is also extremely important. During the cold weather, paw pads can crack, causing serious pain for the animals. Looking at outdoor paw covers, such as snow shoes, can be a good option.
Many pet owners consider their dogs family, so take the appropriate measures to ensure your pets are safe, warm, and happy this winter. Brookside Barkery has everything you need from food to beds to coats and boots for your dog. Don’t wait another minute, stop by today and make sure your dog is prepared for winter!