As much as your pooch may love romping around in the snow, their winter coats may be not enough to keep protected through the coldest months. An AC dog’s house unit is not just for keeping pets cooler in the summer; they also keep them cozier in winter. Find out why this and other helpful tips will help Fido fight the cold.
AC dog heaters are small, box-shaped units made from durable, weather-resistant materials. How it works is that it pumped air directly in your dog's house through a hose connected to the unit. All you need to do is cut a hole in the side of your house (most models come with tools and instructions on how to do so) to attach the hose.
Then, set the temperature using the controlled thermostat and your worries are over. In addition to heating, an AC dog heater also helps dehumidify and circulate the air, which can become stuffy and stale, especially in winter.
In addition to the AC dog’s house unit, you should also look for warm bedding to put in your dog’s house. Fleece and other natural fibers are the most comfortable and least flammable, but for outside use you should probably go with weather-resistant, waterproof bedding with playful and nylon covers. They are easy to wash and slip.
You can even buy a heated dog mat for extra comfort. These convenient units are perfect for crates when you are on the go. Most models simply plug into a car cigarette lighter and you are good to go. If you do not have adequate bedding, straw is a good natural insulator and bedding material. Just make sure to change it out regularly so that it does not become too soiled or attract insects.
As cheesy as you might find pet clothing, sometimes it helps to insulate their coats, especially on smaller and short hair breeds. Many companies specialize in dog outerwear, including sweaters and jackets, so you can find one that suits you and your pup. It might not be easy trying to keep your dog clothed the first time around. Try putting on their clothing in regular, short intervals and introduce a treat at the same time to distract them.
Pet booties are also useful. The bottom of your dog's paws is not as thick as you think. Dogs can easily suffer from frostbite after walks or running around in a snowy yard. Dog booties keep paws warm and dry, provide more traction on icy surfaces, and keep salt off their paws, which can irritate and crack the pads.
Finally, you should winter-proof your dog by getting him acclimated to the cold. Leave your pet outside for short intervals that gradually get longer so they can ease into the weather. Moreover, by feeding it proteins and foods rich in fish oil, you will help to fortify their coat. As a side note, most outdoor pets require more food overall in winter to maintain the same energy levels. In addition, if you have him groomed, keep his fur longer than you would when you have your pet groomed in summer.