Hot tips to keep the cold at bay for pets this winter If you’re already feeling the cold then your pets are probably feeling it too. The weather is starting to cool down and winter is fast approaching! So what can you do to make sure your pets are warm and cosy this winter? Check out some of our top tips below: Provide shelter If possible, keep your pets inside during the colder months, but especially during extreme weather. If your pet spends a lot of time outside, make sure their shelter protects them from rain, frost and wind. Outdoor kennels should be windproof, waterproof, and raised off the ground to prevent flooding. Even farm animals with thick winter coats should have shelter to protect them from the elements, whether that’s vegetation or man-made. Domestic horses need access to shade and shelter, too. Warm, dry bedding Inside the house, make sure your pet’s bed is elevated off cold surfaces and away from drafts, and maybe padded with extra, warm blankets. Pocket pets and farm animals will benefit from some extra bedding in their enclosures to stay cosy. If your pet sleeps outside, check their bedding daily to make sure it remains dry. Nutritious food, and a bit more of it In winter, your animals might get hungrier than usual. This is because they burn extra energy to keep their body temperatures regulated. Depending on the animal, you could feed them a little extra during the winter months, but check with your vet beforehand to avoid overfeeding. Warm winter coats While many dogs have thick fur to keep them warm, it might still be a good idea to dress them in a cosy coat while they’re outside or on a walk (check out these adorable MPW coats!). Make sure your pet is comfortable, as some dogs don’t like wearing clothes, and that the coats are snug but not so tight that they restrict your pet’s movement. A rug can help keep your horse warm and dry, but a young, healthy horse is usually fine with shelter only. If it rains, make sure to check your horse and replace their wet rugs. Daily exercise Your best mate still needs exercise and stimulation, even during the cold winter days. While you’re staying warm and dry inside, why not teach them a new trick, play some indoor games, or invite another dog over for an indoor playdate? Here's a video how-to for an easy tug toy you can make yourself! Caring for older pets Colder weather can be especially rough on senior dogs and cats with arthritis, but keeping them warm and cosy indoors can help. Try to maintain a healthy exercise regime, as extra weight will only worsen joint pain. If your pet is showing signs of discomfort associated with arthritis, such as stiffness, chewing or licking certain joints, or difficulty walking up or down stairs, take them to the vet for a check-up. Speak up Some pet owners may not know the risks cold weather can pose to their animal’s health, so if you see a pet left in the cold politely let the owner know your concerns. If they respond negatively, file a report with the local ranger or RSPCA WA.