Sweater weather is in full swing.
It’s time to pull out your boots and clean out the fireplace, but you’re not the only one who needs to prep for the cooler season. For the dog that loves to lounge in the summer sun, cooler temperatures may come as a rude awakening.
Here are five ways you can prep your pup for fall so he’s warm, safe and comfortable—just like your favorite sweater.
Check Water Bowls Frequently
Even though the temperatures are cooler, your dog can dehydrate just as quickly in the fall as in the summer. Make sure your dog has access to clean water at all times. If you keep a water bowl outside, check frequently that it hasn’t frozen over.
Provide a Warm, Dry Bed
As fluffy as it is, a dog’s fur isn’t a perfect insulator. Much like when you can get chilled under your favorite fleece blanket, your dog is susceptible to cold temperatures, inside and outside the house.
Provide your pet with a warm, dry bed in a comfortable area of the home, preferably on carpet. Hardwood floors can get very cold at night, but if you have no other options, choose a bed that’s heavily padded or lifted up off the floor so the cold doesn’t seep through.
Evaluate Your Dog’s Diet
Some pets need more calories in the winter and others need less. For example, if your dog is inside, she doesn’t need the extra fat to stay warm and, in general, won’t be as active during those months. You may want to decrease her food portions if you’ll be cutting out the extra walks and playtime at the dog park. However, it’s best to keep your pet at least moderately active with indoor games.
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