Keep Your Beloved Pets Warm and Safe This Winter

Winter is fast approaching, and although Brisbane winters are mild in comparison to the southern states, temperatures get to single figures most nights. We also have days where we are tormented by westerly winds, and if it rains or we get a southerly change, early morning frosts are common.

Dogs and Cats Feel the Cold, Just Like We Do

Just as we feel the cold and need to find warmth, so do our dog and cat family members. While they may have fur to keep them warm, this is often not enough, especially in short haired breeds, to keep the chill from their bones.

If you are leaving your beloved dog or cat with us during winter, you can be assured that our pet accommodation at Durack Pet Motel has been designed with all seasons in mind. The beds are trampoline style so they are not in direct contact with the floor, the suites are sheltered and you can bring along a blanket from home for reassurance, which will also keep them warm.

Outdoor Pets Need Warm Shelters

So how do you keep your pets comfortable this winter? Let’s start with their accommodation. Outdoor pets need their kennels and shelters upgraded to stop the cold from seeping through concrete floors or cracks in the walls. Floors should be covered with something like thick layers of newspaper, with their beds raised off the floor and a blanket to keep them warm.

Indoor Cats Love Comfortable Cushions

Cats should be kept indoors, especially at night. They have a unique ability to find the warmest spot in the house, so if sharing your bed with your feline friend is not to your liking, buy a soft cat cushion and slip it into a corner of the room. If they must sleep outside, a small shelter away from wind and rain is ideal, again with a bed or large cushion in the corner.

Warm Jackets Keep Them Snug

The next thing to consider is clothing. Dogs, especially old, sick or short-haired dogs, need a warm jacket, especially at night. Look for them shivering or feel their skin to see if it is cooler than normal. In conjunction with a warm bed in a cosy corner of the house, wearing a jacket will keep them snug.

Remember to remove the jacket through the day. In Brisbane our daytime temperatures climb to the mid-twenties on most days. We start removing our jackets if we are out in the sun during these times, so we need to remove theirs, especially if they are exercising.

Just be mindful of their comfort, and provide the same conditions for them as we would for ourselves where possible. This will keep them happy and healthy until summer.

Keeping Dogs Warm in Winter

Dogs with a double coat and thick fur have little problems in winter time. But this is not the case for the rest of the dog population. Because of the drop in temperature, most dogs need extra help from their human friends. There are steps you can take to keep your furry friend warm in winter. Here are just some of them.

Warm Dog Bed

You can provide your dog with a comfortable bed to keep it warm during the cold winter months. If your dog is staying outside the house, then a warm bed is all the more called for. There are beds specially designed for dogs of varying sizes. Choose one that can provide the warmth the body will need especially when outside the house.

If your dog is staying in a kennel in the yard, it will be best to install a door for the dog house, but your dog should be completely trained to close and open it. Place the dog house in a sheltered area so as to protect the pet from rain and moisture. At Durack Pet Motel, we make it a point to provide your dog with the warm bed it needs during winter. This will help them stay strong and healthy during these trying months.

Winter Food

Nourish your dog with food that will help bring its body temperature up. It will help to make the feeding more frequent, especially if your pet is staying outside and exposed to the elements. Discuss food options with your veterinarian to ensure that you are providing the best for your dog.

Winter Clothes

Another great way of keeping your dog warm in winter is by providing it with winter clothes such as sweaters or coats. There are winter clothes specially crafted for dogs. They are available in various designs and sizes to suit different sizes of dogs.

Cosy Pet Motel

Since winter time is a perfect time to go on vacation, ski or travel abroad, it is often a problem how to keep the dogs warm as they are left at home. The best option would be to place them in caring dog kennels in Brisbane. We can provide the best temporary home for your beloved pet at Durack Pet Motel. We will keep your dogs in warm beds and make sure that they get the best care while you are away enjoying your time off. Relieve yourself of worries when you entrust your dog in our care.