Ways to Keep Pets Warm this Winter

by Morgan Solomon

 Photo: Morgan Solomon

Photo: Morgan Solomon

As the leaves start to fall and the air becomes crisp, it is time to start considering how to keep your canine or feline companion warm through the fall and winter seasons. We have you covered with a list of items and tips to keep your furry friend warm and cozy.

One tried and true product that your pets will either love or hate are clothes. If your pet loves to wear clothes, or will at least tolerate it, then this may be your best option. There are plenty of options to choose from. Your dog or cat can wear the latest fall trends in the form of a sweater, or if they are more of the outdoor type, they might like a vest that is durable and waterproof. For those days when all they want to do is take naps, there are plenty of footy pajama options that might tickle their fancy. If you take the fashion route, be sure that you take the clothing off every now and then to make sure they do not have any matted fur or chafing. You should also supervise them for most of the time they are wearing clothes in order to prevent any injury or accidents.

If your pet is not a fan of fashion, don’t worry—there are other solutions. The key is making sure they have plenty of sources of warmth, which can be achieved through blankets and special crate pads. There is an array of blankets to choose from, such as a classic fleece blanket or more durable blankets made from waterproof materials. 

Warmth can also be achieved through pads and beds. You can purchase a normal bed that uses a fabric that is warmer than normal, or purchase a bed or pad that has thermal heating technology. These types of bed retain heat better in order to keep your companion warm. 

If you have an outside cat or dog, you want to ensure that they have a shelter that has all the necessary accoutrements. This includes a warm blanket and bed, but it is more than just that. It is important to make sure their shelter is well insulated, does not have any leaks and is protected from the wind. The shelter should also have an area elevated off of the ground—this can be achieved with a normal bed, but a better option is an elevated bed. We recommend bringing any outdoor pets inside when it gets too cold to be on the safe side, as well. 

During winter, you should keep your pet’s coat full so they can produce more heat. If you have an outdoor animal, you should increase their caloric intake so they can create more heat by burning calories. It is important to keep your pets dry—wipe down their paws, and make sure they are not wet before going outside which will help prevent frost bite. The most important tip is to pay attention to your pet and their specific needs. Be aware of the weather, and do not leave them outside for long periods of times, if at all. You are their best resource for warmth this winter, so bring on the extra blankets and cuddling!