Winter is coming and you’ve pulled out your sweaters and turned on your heating for yourself protect from the cold over the next few months. But have you thought about your dog? Indeed, our four-legged friends require special attention. Some dog breeds, more fragile than others, are not made for freezing temperatures and winter cold like Nordic dogs, especially the Husky. Leaving them outside, without shelter when they are not used to it, is strongly discouraged.
A dog house in winter is the perfect accessory to protect your companion against bad weather (rain, wind, hail, morning frost). It will also be essential to avoid thermal shock or sudden temperature changes. In addition, a heating mat or any other warmly adapted accessory are also very useful. Vigilance must be even higher in your pet senior whose joints are fragile. The cold often accentuates joint pain. Here are our 5 good tips to better protect your dog during the winter.
1. Insulate your dog’s kennel, outside and inside
It’s important to choose your niche depending on its subject. There are wooden, plastic, or even resin niches, but note that plastic will be less insulating than wood. Indeed, it is a naturally robust material with high insulating power.
Good exterior insulation
The insulation of a niche must take heat loss into account. The cold rushes through the ground, the roof and the openings. It is important to properly insulate a dog house in winter, it doesn’t matter what base material you choose. Modernizing and improving an already existing structure will make it more insulating.
We tend to neglect the ground, it’s a mistake, no matter how much you insulate your kennel, if your dog is on the ground, he will still suffer the cold. To do this, you can raise his little cabin on stilts or with small wooden battens.
Most doghouses have a roof already insulated, but you can add additional insulation. Choose the same materials as garden sheds such as corrugated tar panels, asphalt shingles or corrugated iron sheets. They are very effective covers, simple to screw on the roof structure of a doghouse.
If you choose the best insulation, but always leave your front door wide open, it doesn’t matter! So set up a barrier against the breeze, at the entrance to your dog’s kennel, with insulating panels, flexible PVC curtain fringes or a transparent plastic panel. Your choice must be made according to the number of passages of your animal and his apprehension, or not, of a door system.
Efficient interior insulation
The niches sold in stores often do not have very thick walls. It will therefore be wise to reinforce the interior partitions with polystyrene plates, plywood or chipboard panels, or even simple wooden plank.
A bed of straw at the back of the doghouse will allow your animal’s body heat and the insulating power of the straw to create a cozy, warm and dry cocoon in its shelter. It will also be very effective to provide the dog with a heating mat, a thermal blanket or a suitable niche heater.
2. Increase the daily food intake of your companion
Just like us, your dog feels temperature changes. Its metabolism adapts to its variations and will require more energy in winter, because a cold animal burns more calories. It is therefore recommended to increase its daily ration by 15% apart from any health problem. Whatever diet you have chosen for your companion (BARF diet, kibble, pâtés), you will help him to protect himself effectively against the cold.
If your dog’s diet consists of kibble and mash, know that bi-nutrition has its advantages. The chewing that kibble involves will allow your pet to be occupied longer than with a mash, which is interesting to help pass the time by warming it up. On the other hand, the croquettes are poor in water, it will therefore be necessary to offer him moisturizing mash and to ensure that your dog has access to water. Be careful that its water does not freeze. The chew bone are very interesting because they allow the dog to warm up, to maintain good oral hygiene and to keep a minimum of activities during a long winter day.
3. Take care of the painful joints of your animal
From a certain age, a dog can have osteoarthritis, that is to say wear of the articular cartilages. He may also have arthritis, an infectious, metabolic or genetic inflammation of the joint. In winter, it is important to avoid the aggravation of these pains which can clearly increase and to listen to your animal. To prevent them, you can arrange its raised niche with an access ramp for example. You can also give him senior kibble or premium kibble adapted to his specific needs, food supplements or vitamins, not to mention caresses, massages, comfort and constant heat. All this in agreement with your veterinarian of course.
The memory foam and / or heating mat can greatly contribute to relieve your pet when his joint problems are aggravated by the cold and cause him pain. Moreover, the Warmy Up Premium mat will respond perfectly to its sensitive and painful pathology. On this occasion, always be careful to choose a model smaller than the size of your kennel, as it is important that the dog can lie down inside, next to the mat, if it is too hot.
4. Give a heating mat to your faithful companion dog
Our online store offers a new range of self-heating mats for your domestic dog. With a wide choice of size, they adapt perfectly to all niche formats. Whether you have a small or a large dog will not be a problem thanks to the possibility of the different sizes available. Your companion will certainly be warm throughout the winter if you optimize his niche with the heating mat Warmy Up Out.
5. Think about accessories suitable for your dog
A wide choice of accessories can also keep your pet warm, in your house, by the fire or outside in its niche. A very soft and warm blanket will undoubtedly be appreciated by your dog. If you are a fan of dog clothes, you can invest in a down jacket for your pet, a coat, a raincoat or a sweater. Do not forget the pads which are sensitive areas and can become fragile. Do not hesitate to equip its legs with socks or completely protective shoes.
Paying special attention to your companion in winter is not to be neglected. Invest in a heating mat or a dog house in winter will allow your animal to pass a harsh season smoothly in more comfort and he will certainly thank you for it.
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