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by Gillian Ching (subscribe)
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Published May 8th 2017
Because Dogs Feel the Cold Too
As winter approaches and the days become shorter and cooler, we all reach for those extra comforts (and necessities) to keep us feeling warm and snug. The same goes for your pup who will thank you for some extra attention during these colder days. Here are some suggestions for keeping your dog warm, happy and healthy this winter.

1. Puppy Apparel
Winter is the time to get out the sweaters, jumpers and vests. The same goes for pups. Yes, they look cute and can seem like we are humanising our animals but they can play an important part in keeping pup warm and dry from winds and rain (particularly for young and older dogs). There is a raft of online and instore options to make sure your pup is warm and on trend this winter. Major pet chains like My Pet Warehouse, Pet Superstore and Petbarn, as well as vets and boutique specialty pooch stores, stock an assortment of jackets, drizabones and even socks to ward off the canine chills. Of course, you can always embark on a DIY project for a bespoke, unique winter wardrobe.

Keep your dog in vogue. Photo courtesy My Pet Warehouse website

2. Beds and Blankets
Just as we like to curl up in bed and jump under the blankets to keep warm, so will your pup. Be sure to clean bedding and blankets (from sometimes wet and muddy paws) so that pooch has a soft, clean bed to enjoy.

Mix and match pups and their beds

Safe, comfy and clean beds

3. Comfort Toys
Pups will seek out their favourite fluffy friends to cuddle for warmth and support so, like their beds, be sure to give the toys a quick rinse, dry in the sun and bring them to their unchewed best.

Fun puppy play toys

4. Hot Water Bottles
On a cold winter's night, my pup is spoilt with the gentle warmth of a covered, lightly tempered hot water bottle to keep his fluffy feet warm. Heating mats are another alternative. Tempered is the key to avoid over-heating or burning sensitive skin.

5. Exercise
Pups will still enjoy exercising and getting out and about during the winter but with shorter days, walk times may need to be adjusted to slightly earlier in the evenings to catch the last rays of sunlight.

Taking pups for a walk is always fun for everyone

6. Extra Snuggles
And after all of that, if pup is still cold then a snuggle with you or their canine brother or sister is still the best winter warmer of all. Get ready for some extra puppy smooches, cuddles and snuggles on your lap, on the sofa and even in your bed this winter. It's a sure fire way to beat the winter blues (for both of you).

Winter snuggles

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