Some dogs are simply not phased by the colder weather, but we know a fair few who prefer to snuggle up in a blanket and relax by a roaring log fire, and who can blame them! As we descend into the colder months, it’s important to consider our pups wellbeing over the winter, and how we can support them through this chillier time of the year. Winter can spark health issues within some dogs, particularly seniors who may already struggle with joint ailments. A little extra TLC can go a long way! And whilst our dogs have their own natural fur coat, many still need an extra layer to avoid any health risks such as frostbite and hypothermia. Here are our top tips for caring for your dog during the winter months… Pet proof your heating – Your dog may eagerly seek out the heat sources in your home, so it’s important that they don’t pose any threat of injury to your pet. Fireplaces can be dangerous, especially for young and excitable dogs, so ensure you have a sufficient fireplace cover to keep them out of harm’s way. Invest in a quality coat – Whilst their own coat may provide a cosy layer, some dogs, especially short haired breeds, will need a little extra help when it comes to keeping warm throughout the winter. Invest in a quality coat for your winter walks. Breeds such as greyhounds and whippets may also benefit from a lightweight indoor fleece. Provide extra joint support – Cold weather can aggravate conditions such as arthritis, so if your dog suffers from any joint-related problems, it’s important to provide them with extra care over the winter. Our naturally formulated Joint Support range can assist in keeping your dog mobile. Backed by science and formulated with vets, our range uses the highest quality ingredients. You may also wish to introduce an advanced supplement such as our Joint Care Advanced Chewable Tablets which contain turmeric, a natural ingredient known for its anti-inflammatory properties which can help to alleviate inflammation in joints. Check out our previous blog post on Caring for Dogs with Joint Issues! Keep coats healthy – Dog’s rely on their coats over winter, and it’s important to keep them healthy and well-groomed. Our Skin Care range is sure to keep your pup looking fresh and feeling cosy all winter long. Keep them hydrated – We know how important it is to keep our dogs hydrated throughout the summer, but it’s just as important over the winter months too. A fresh supply of water should always be available to your dog. No overfeeding – It might be tempting to sneak an extra handful of food into their bowls over the winter months, but this will only create further problems. An extra “layer” should come from a coat, rather than weight gain, so hold back from overfeeding, or you might find your dog quickly gains weight which could cause lazy behaviour. Discover our superior Grain-Free Dog Food! Keep paws in good condition – During hard frosts and low temperatures, you may find your dog’s paws begin to crack. Grit used on the roads can also affect their paws, so make sure you regularly check them and rinse/wipe after walks. If they have cracked, then a natural paw balm may help. Be mindful of toxic chemicals – you will need to be careful if using products such as antifreeze on your vehicle, as these are highly toxic to dogs if ingested and can cause liver failure. Make sure your furry friend isn’t around when de-icing the car. How to notice signs of hypothermia in dogs In the unfortunate event of your dog experiencing hypothermia during harsh winter weather, it’s important that you react fast. Signs of hypothermia include: Cold ears and feetShiveringLethargy Slower heart rateBreathing rate slowing down It’s imperative that you bring dogs inside and in the warmth immediately if you notice any of these signs, and it’s always vital to consult a veterinarian if you are concerned about your dog’s wellbeing. We hope you’ve found these tips useful. If you are looking for more advice, don’t forget all Broadreach members have access to free veterinary advice 24/7. If you have any questions about any of our products, you can also contact us by calling 01223 855857 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.