The season is changing. Temperatures are down and the next thing you know… you have a cold! Sneezes, chills, coughing. You’re not the only one though, the dog (even though he has a nice fur coat) can also be affected – some more, some less. So what can we do to protect him from winter’s ailments?
First of all, not all dogs have the same reaction to the cold weather and it’s a good idea to know which breeds are most at risk. Age is also an important factor. Puppies and senior dogs are more at risk than healthy adults and should be protected with greater care. The type of hair and breed are important. Short-haired dogs are more prone to suffering from changes in temperature than the more furry dogs are. And then there’s the question of dogs with ailments – joints, heart or respiratory disorders. They need some special consideration and to be kept warm.
If you live in an apartment and, well, let’s face it, you pamper your dog by keeping him warm and at home all the time, then you should protect him from sudden changes in temperature. Accustomed as he is to the warm indoors, he’s less inclined to develop the nice thick winter coat outdoor dogs get as the days grow shorter. You will need to get him used to colder air gradually, making sure he gets acclimatized without sudden trauma that could compromise his health.
To make it even more comfortable for our animals to stay indoors, especially those most affected by the cold, there is a wide array of dog beds and pillows of all sorts, even heated ones: this type comes equipped with an internal pad which, when plugged in, warms up to and then maintains a pleasant temperature. There are many other viable solutions to provide our furry friends with a comfortable and warm place to lie down, like reversible blankets and pillows, with one side made of cotton for milder temperatures and one side of soft plush ideal for cold spells.