Fur-baby, it's cold outside!
The temperature outside is dropping and our minds are set on getting cosy with our favourite woolly blanket, a nice cup of tea and keeping as close to the heater as possible. Hibernation season is here once again! With the shorter days and multiple layers of clothing, the last thing we want to do when getting home after a long day is go back outside into the cold and most likely wet weather. Our furry family members tend to feel this as well, however for their health, we need to keep them active — physically and mentally. There are a range of fun and exciting things you can do during winter with your pet to help fight the winter blues!
Regardless of whether you pet is outside or indoors, they need proper bedding all the time, especially during winter. Always ensure your pets bedding is raised off the floor, with a mat or cushioned bed, and away from any cold drafts. Pets who spend most of the time outdoors need appropriate housing to fight the rain, hail, frost and harsh winds. There are a range of wonderful kennels for dogs and enclosures for cats to shield them from the weather. When you are setting up their outdoor home, make sure their housing is protected from the seasonal elements and in a secure place where they will feel safe and warm. You can also fill the outside of their kennel with freshly cleaned, warm, dry blankets to create that extra bit of heat.
If you find yourself putting on your thermals or an extra pair of socks on the extra cold days, it might be a good idea to add to your pet’s bed or kennel as well. While an extra blanket is good, if you really want to keep them warm and cosy, we recommend considering options such as heating discs and pads. Ask our team for some suggestions at your next appointment.
Fight the cold and get outside!
A great way to feel good, get the blood pumping and fight the winter blues is to get outside for a walk in the park. If you’re putting on a jumper and jacket, then we recommend getting a warm and woolly coat out for your furry friend. Rug up together and embark on your walk!
If you start to notice that your pet is having a difficult time getting out of bed, this could be a sign of arthritis or an age-related disease. Often your pet will find it harder to move in the winter months as the cold weather can provoke these conditions. Therefore, we recommend six monthly check-ups especially when you notice these changes in their behaviour. If your pet is over the age of seven then they are considered a senior. They tend to need extra attention and care once they hit this mature age.
TLC Tips for older pets
- Make sure your pet has a designated space in the house or their kennel, where they can stay warm.
- With the help of recommended heating products, ensure their bed is cosy with thick, warm bedding.
- Elevate their bed off the cold floor through the use of extra blankets, cushions or a mat.
- Keep going for regular walks (20-minute walks on level ground) to maintain your pet’s joint mobility.
If you believe your pet is in pain or discomfort, please contact us immediately. There are some excellent treatments out there that can help your furry family member stay active, healthy and happy.