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The furred too need good cover

Aeshwarya Mundel | Updated on: 6 December 2017, 19:33 IST

Winter tips to keep your favorite critters warm. Does winter make your pooch cuddle up on the sofa or under a lazy blanket? Then you need to act on it right now and get your dog the winter care he needs.

Most owners believe in the idea that their pets can bear with the cold better than humans because of their furry coats. This isn't necessarily true. Though all pets do have a coat to keep them warm, they too need that extra care during the winters. Just getting your dog a coat isn't enough. You've to look out for odd behaviors as well.

Dr. Israni, a veterinarian based out of Delhi says, “If it's too cold for you to stand outside without your coat, then it's probably too cold for your dog as well. So pay attention to his behavior outside. If you see him shivering or looking anxious, or searching for places to hide, it's time to get him in.”

Temperature talk!
Most breeds in India aren't blessed with a thick fur that keeps them warm naturally and hence they need a coat or sweater to keep them warm. A good coat is the one that reaches from the neck to the tail and also covers the belly.


Everybody loves the sunshine!
The sun is the biggest source of Vitamin D which helps in keeping your pet healthy. 
Take your dog out for a walk when the weather is warm, instead of early morning or late evening, says Dr. Vatsal Soni. The Bangalore based vet also suggests playing with your dog when the sun is out. “The sun and exercise with do both you and your dog some good.”

Keep the heaters at bay!
When indoors your might see your pooch trying to look for warm and cozy places. Many owners live with the misconception that keeping a heater close to their pets can help them feel better. “Using a heater for your pet is actually the worst thing you can do. Not only can they get burnt, but their immunity also goes down,” cites Dr. Anita Jalal. Jalal who owns nine dogs, 13 horses and 5 cats says, “I've had pets since I can remember. I grew up with them and here in Himachal, it can get really cold. Instead of putting a heater, feed your dogs well and keep them healthy.”


No overfeeding!
Though pets need an extra layer during the winters, make sure it comes from a coat and not from a layer of fat. “Cold temperatures may even bring on lazy behavior and the need for fewer calories. Be attentive to your dog’s activity level and adjust his calories accordingly. A high quality, whole foods, preferably raw meat-based diet will help ensure a healthy coat and good energy for the cold winter months,” suggests Dr. Ashwini Singh.


The winter season brings with it a wide range of concern for pet owners. Numbing wetness, shivering and food aversion can cause discomfort to them. Paying proper attention and being a responsible owner will ensure the safe health and warm cuddles for both you and your canine. 

First published: 6 December 2017, 19:00 IST
 
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