With the weather getting colder, snuggling comfortably with our pets at home feels like the perfect weekend plan.
But even pets equipped with the best fur coat can feel the cold, so we should ensure that they remain comfortable as winter approaches.
That said, we've put together three tips to help your pets during the cold weather.
The pet fashion industry has grown considerably in the past years, and we can find anything from collar accessories to the most elaborate Halloween costumes in pet's clothing shops.
The truth is, when winter comes, some pets will significantly benefit from the added protection that clothing can offer.
Impermeable, fleece-lined coats with reflective materials on the outside are great for this season as they'll keep your pet warm, dry and visible.
Our top advice regarding clothing is to make sure that your pet is comfortable wearing it. Check if it fits properly and if your dog has never worn clothes before, gradually increase the periods in which they are dressed until they are used to the feeling.
Boots can also be highly appreciated, especially when it's snowing or if your pet needs some extra grip in slippery conditions.
Even if your cat enjoys being out on the prowl, it won't come as a surprise if they prefer to spend more time indoors during the colder season. As for dogs, depending on the weather conditions, their walks are also likely to be shorter.
When returning home, make sure that your pets' fur is dry to prevent skin problems and other health issues. Having a warm, comfortable space where they can snuggle, ideally near a window so that they can see what's going on outside, is likely to be one of their favourite spots.
However, even if they're spending more time indoors, it's important to make sure that their exercise needs are being met. Keep them physically and mentally stimulated with fun home activities to prevent them from becoming bored and developing associated behaviour problems, such as chewing or scratching furniture, excessive vocalisation, and house-soiling, for example.
Very young, senior or debilitated pets are usually not as able to deal with the cold as healthy animals. If you notice some discomfort, don't hesitate to discuss this with your vet and book a check-up appointment as there could be an underlying disease that is making your pet more vulnerable.
Also, it's important to keep in mind that arthritic pets usually have a more challenging time during winter, with the cold weather making their joints stiff. Talk to your vet to make sure that they are pain-free and discuss what you can do at home to make their lives more comfortable. Something as simple as raising their food bowls off the floor can have a tremendous impact on their wellbeing.
We hope you get to enjoy the beauty of the colder season with your pets!