Winter Warmth for Furry Friends: Ensuring Your Pet’s Comfort in Chilly Weather by Sue London

Sue London’s dog Buddy with Fort Erie, Ont Pet Valu store manager, Kyla Gibson

Keeping your pet warm in the winter is crucial to ensure their comfort and well-being. Here are some tips to help you provide the necessary warmth and protection for your furry friend during colder months:

Indoor Comfort:

   Ensure your pet has a warm and cozy place to stay indoors. Keep them away from drafts, and provide soft bedding for them to snuggle into.

Warm Bedding:

   Invest in a comfortable pet bed and use warm blankets to create a cozy sleeping area. Elevate the bed off the floor to prevent cold from seeping through.

Winter Apparel:

   Consider dressing your pet in a sweater or jacket, especially if they have short fur or are more susceptible to the cold. There are various pet-friendly clothing options available to provide extra insulation.

Limit Outdoor Exposure:

   Minimize your pet’s time outdoors during extremely cold weather. When they do go outside, keep walks shorter, and consider protective booties to shield their paws from cold surfaces and harmful substances like ice melt.

Check Paws:

   After outdoor activities, check and clean your pet’s paws to remove any ice, salt, or chemicals. These substances can be irritating and harmful if ingested when pets groom themselves.

Provide Shelter:

   If your pet spends time outdoors, make sure they have access to a well-insulated and dry shelter. Ensure it is elevated and protected from wind and precipitation.

Heating Pads:

   Use pet-safe heating pads in your pet’s bed to provide additional warmth. Ensure that the heating pad has a chew-resistant cord and an automatic shut-off feature.

Adjust Diet:

   Some pets may need extra calories during colder weather to maintain their body temperature. Consult with your veterinarian to determine if adjustments to your pet’s diet are necessary.


   Ensure your pet has access to fresh, unfrozen water at all times. Staying hydrated is essential for regulating body temperature.

Indoor Activities:

    Engage your pet in indoor activities to keep them active and warm. Playtime, training sessions, or puzzle toys can help stimulate their mind and keep them warm.

Veterinary Checkups:

    Schedule regular checkups with your veterinarian, especially if you notice any changes in your pet’s behavior or health during the colder months.

Senior Pet Care:

    Older pets may be more sensitive to temperature changes. Provide them with extra warmth, perhaps using heated beds or blankets, and pay close attention to their comfort.

By taking these measures, you can help ensure that your pet stays warm, comfortable, and healthy during the winter months. Tailor these tips to your pet’s specific needs and consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about their well-being in colder weather.

Wishing you much love & many blessings,

© 2023. Sue London, an award-winning Hospice Pet Doula, Animal Communicator, Podcast Host, Author, Speaker, and esteemed Healer, is globally recognized and respected for her exceptional dedication to fostering healing and inspiration. Her unique skills extend not only to pets but also to people, making her a beacon of hope and solace in the world of holistic healing. Sue’s profound ability to deeply connect with people and with animals stems from her personal journey of surviving two near-death experiences. These encounters with the “other side” have transformed her into a powerful bridge between our world and the spiritual realm. Drawing on her empathic gifts, Sue channels heartwarming messages from the souls of people and pets, offering closure, healing relationships, and fostering understanding that might otherwise remain elusive. Thanks to her transformative healing techniques, she has helped countless individuals find solace and forge a deep sense of inner peace. Discover more about Sue London, her work, her products, and services at

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