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The December chill of Delhi bring with them a unique charm of their own.It marks the end of sweaty, humid days that drain our energy levels, making us irate and whiny. The campus of our college which we found suffocating, now seems beautiful under the bright golden sunlight, just warm enough to make that place seem welcoming. The time for wandering and exploring different corners of the city has finally come. And what is better than enjoying a piping hot cup coffee in a cozy blanket at night with your favorite book or a movie!

For dog parents as well, it’s time to take your furry mate out from the air-conditioned room and play fetch in the open. But with the chill in the air increasing as we near the end of the year, it is necessary to take special care of your four-legged friend before enjoying the season. Here are some winter pet care tips:

1.Get them a warm coat
You might think that the natural fur of your dog is warm enough for Delhi winters which, however, this is not the case. It is necessary to get your dog a nice warm coat and more importantly, of the right size. You can also use your old sweaters, get them altered according to your dog’s size and you’re good to go!

2.Cozy Bedding
If your dog doesn’t share your bed and sleeps separately (which rarely is the case), make sure that he has a warm and a cozy bed which could be easily made using an old mattress and a blanket. Make sure your dog doesn’t sleep on the bare floor.

The harshness of the weather can cause dryness to your dogs skin making him feel itchy and irritable. Help prevent dry, flaky skin by adding a skin and coat supplement to his food. Coconut and fish oils are easy foods that can help keep your pet’s skin and coat healthy. If you find your pet’s paws, ears or tail are dry or cracking, you can also apply coconut oil topically as needed.

4.Do not overfeed
Dogs have a tendency to eat more during winters because of which they tend to put on weight. While it’s okay to shower him/her with some extra love, make sure your dog doesn’t get too stuffed so as to prevent other related problems.

5.Consult your veterinarian
If you see any signs of persistent cough/wheezing in your dog, make sure to pay a visit to your veterinarian before the situation aggravates.

While we all would surely do whatever is required to take care of our beloved furry babies, let us also make some time to care for the often ignored and overlooked dogs in our streets and colonies. If making them wear old racks made into dresses seems way to complicated, at least make sure they get enough food to generate the required amount of body heat. Also, do not forget to make sure that there is no dog or other animal beneath your car, taking shelter from the freezing night winds before driving off. Let’s share the warmth and care and make the Delhi winters more of a charm than curse.

Aditya Narang
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