Winter weather can be unpredictable. If you lose power this winter, what is the best way to make sure your dog stays warm and healthy?
How to Keep Your Dog Warm
Your dog should always stay indoors with you during extreme weather. Limit outdoor trips to quick potty breaks.
Gate Off Colder Rooms
Try to close off any rooms that don’t need to be used and minimize the areas of the house you use to keep heat entrapped.
Keep Dog Coats, Sweaters, and Booties on Hand
Put Out Extra Bedding
Give your dog plenty of blankets and layers to curl up in. Dogs will use their own body heat to warm the bedding, keeping the area warmer.
Wrap a Warm Blanket Around Your Dog’s Crate
Insulate your dog’s crate with blankets over the top so they have a warm, enclosed area to retreat to and sleep in.
Provide Plenty of Food and Water
Colder weather means more calories will be burned to keep warm. Make sure your dog has access to plenty of food and extra water. If possible, you may want to warm up their water over the stove.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives
Have both these devices installed and check often to ensure that the batteries are working.
Install Weather Stripping and Insulation Where Possible
Foam board insulation in between the interior and exterior wall holds up better and helps with noise reduction.
Inspect Your Fireplace
Does your home have an active fireplace? If so, have your fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected before using them. Always have a safety screen in place for pets and children.
Preserve Your Energy
When to Get Help for Cold Dogs
When in doubt about your pet’s health or safety, contact your veterinarian. Not sure whether or not your dog’s symptoms warrant a trip to the vet? AKC Vetline can help. This live, 24/7 service is staffed by licensed veterinary staff to give you answers.