Just as you prepare yourself for winter by getting coats, gloves and turning up the heat, it is important to prepare your pets as well!
Your pet may have fur but that is not always enough to keep them warm in the winter. Just as you may still be cold with a coat on, they can still be cold with their fur coats. For short haired dogs or small breeds, consider a dog sweater when you take them outside to keep the chill out. Limit time outside, especially when the temperature drops into the single digits; pets can get frost bite and hypothermia too!
Try not to limit your pet’s play just because the weather is bad. Find other methods of keeping your pet entertained and exercised: consider changing toys and playing with your dog or cat to beat the winter blues!
Give Them Shelter
If your dog or cat must stay outside for longer periods, be sure to provide them with a warm place to sleep. A cozy doghouse with bedding or straw can help insulate and keep them warm. Consider a heating pad made for dog houses. A dog house should be large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around, but not larger or it will lose heat too quickly.
Just as you may provide a dog house for your dog, providing a shelter for your cat or feral cats in your neighborhood can help them to keep warm in the bitter cold. You can build a simple cat shelter using wood or even a large storage bin with a small door cut into it. Line the bin with styrofoam and fill with hay or shredded newspaper (so they can burrow) and you have an easy made shelter for an outdoor cat!