Itís time to pull out your boots and clean out the fireplace, but youíre not the only one who needs to prep for the cooler season. For the dog that loves to lounge in the summer sun, cooler temperatures may come as a rude awakening.
Here are five ways you can prep your pup for fall so heís warm, safe and comfortableójust like your favorite sweater.
Check Water Bowls Frequently
Even though the temperatures are cooler, your dog can dehydrate just as quickly in the fall as in the summer. Make sure your dog has access to clean water at all times. If you keep a water bowl outside, check frequently that it hasnít frozen over.
Provide a Warm, Dry Bed
As fluffy as it is, a dogís fur isnít a perfect insulator. Much like when you can get chilled under your favorite fleece blanket, your dog is susceptible to cold temperatures, inside and outside the house.
Provide your pet with a warm, dry bed in a comfortable area of the home, preferably on carpet. Hardwood floors can get very cold at night, but if you have no other options, choose a bed thatís heavily padded or lifted up off the floor so the cold doesnít seep through.
Evaluate Your Dogís Diet
Some pets need more calories in the winter and others need less. For example, if your dog is inside, she doesnít need the extra fat to stay warm and, in general, wonít be as active during those months. You may want to decrease her food portions if youíll be cutting out the extra walks and playtime at the dog park. However, itís best to keep your pet at least moderately active with indoor games.