Tips for Caring for Your Animals During the Winter

You might be under the misconception that, because dogs have fur coats, they’re impervious to the cold. The fact is that dogs don’t necessarily tolerate winter weather better than humans do. This is especially the case for dogs who are accustomed to indoor shelter and warmer temperatures.

If you want to know the best ways for caring for your dogs in the winter, read on for some tips.

Dressing appropriately

When it’s freezing outside, you wouldn’t leave the house in just a T-shirt. The same goes for your dog. For those with breeds that have a thick coat of fur, they may not need much in the way of protection when they leave the home. However, dogs with thin coats will likely appreciate having a sweater or coat when they leave the home to take a walk. That said, this won’t prevent frostbite on the tail, ears or feet, so don’t keep a short-haired dog out for too long in frigid temperatures.

Warm bedding

Choosing the right bed for your dog during the wintertime can make them significantly more comfortable. A cozy bed creates a snug environment, keeping the dog off cold tile or wood floors. This can help especially with older dogs who have stiff joints. Put the dog’s bed in a warm area that’s away from drafts coming in. Preferably, find a carpeted floor for your dog’s bed.

Venture out during the sunniest times of day

If your dog shivers on morning or evening walks, try taking them outside during the afternoon hours. Sunshine adds the benefit of warmth, plus a dose of vitamin D for you and your dog. You can also let the dog play outside during the afternoon hours.


Just like with humans, the cold weather can dry out your dog’s skin. You can help prevent dry skin by adding a supplement to the dog’s food that will protect their skin and coat. Coconut oil acts as a natural moisturizer that will keep the skin and coat healthy.

Limit outdoor time during the colder months

You may love taking your dog for long walks on cold days, but they may not be as much of a fan. A dog’s tail, nose and ears are all vulnerable to frostbite. Take them on walks and out for exercise in play often, but keep these sessions to shorter periods.

Plenty of water

Dogs will dehydrate just as fast in the winter as they do in the normal months. You might think that your dog eating snow does the trick, but this isn’t an adequate substitute for water. If your dog spends time out in the yard during the winter, leave a water bowl out for them.

We hope these tips for taking care of your animals in the wintertime are helpful. At D&G Kennels, our number one goal is to highlight the virtues of the Presa Canario breed. We only have the highest-quality dogs. If you want to schedule a kennel visit appointment, give us a call today!