10 Ways to Get Your Pet Ready for Winter


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As we welcome the season’s cooler weather and look forward to the winter solstice—the shortest day of the year, or the day with the longest period of darkness—it’s a great time to get your pet organized and ready for the new season. Here are 10 tips and ideas to get you started.

1 Book a wellness exam with your veterinarian. This is a perfect time to update vaccinations, medications, and make sure your pet’s records and contact information are up to date.

2 Invest in a cute winter accessory like a new pet sweater or a more snuggly harness for brisk morning walks!

3 Try a new seasonal-flavored treat or, if you like to bake, try a new recipe. Humans aren’t the only ones who love the special flavors that only show up this time of year!


4 Preserve your memories with photos or other artwork that captures the spirit and personality of your pet. Hire a pet photographer or other artist to create something special or have a few of your favorite photos enlarged and framed.

5 Update your pet’s tags, microchip information, and veterinary contact information in each place these items are stored.

6 Prepare for any upcoming holiday travel by securing a pet sitter or pet boarding reservation early. Be sure to book a “test run” with a new sitter or facility so your pet can get used to the idea!

7 Join a new training or agility class to brush up on your pet’s manners, earn that Good Citizen Certificate, or just enjoy the socialization of a class and the bonding experience it offers you and your pet.

8 Commit to daily walks. Not just a quick few steps outside to potty—make the time to get outside. Find a new park, take a new route in your neighborhood, or explore a new hiking trail.


9 Plan a road trip with your pet for some extra special bonding and adventure time. If you’re looking for ideas, check out our travel section for all sorts of pet-friendly travel destinations.

10 Prioritize snuggle time with your pet. All our pets really want from us is our love and affection, so be sure to give them plenty of one-on-one attention every day!

Alicia Bailey
Alicia Bailey
Alicia Bailey is a writer specializing in animal welfare topics and issues. Prior to writing full time she spent 13+ years working in rescue and animal sheltering, holding leadership roles in both. She has worked with numerous local and national non-profit organizations including Best Friends Animal Society, NKLA, The Palm Springs Animal Shelter, Coachella Valley Animal Campus, and many others. Alicia is mom to 3 uniquely abled dogs, including @LittleBoogieShoes & @Bust.A.Moves.


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