The winter months are truly upon us! As warm, comfortable and cosy that we would like it to be for us, we must care for our fury friends the same way. Providing warmth and comfort during these times will help your pet cope with the harsh weather. Any extreme conditions can harm them, especially when left outdoors at all times. We take a look at some tips you can follow to keep your pet healthy and happy this winter season.
Puppies and kittens may require more care and cover. If your pet is furry and fluffy, they might not need as much external warmth as hairless or shot-haired pets. Their thick coat provides them with a certain amount of coverage and protection. For the others though, you might want to snuggle them with a fleece and some cosy bedding.
Insulated kennels, crates, bedding and blankets will make a comfy, secure environment for your pet. Ensure none of your pets are resting on wet bedding or linen; maintain a moderate balance in temperatures.
Older animals might find it harder to cope with the weather, especially if they have any health concerns. Common problems are stiff bones, arthritis and respiratory disorders. Young ones too can experience sneezing and coughs which can be prevented with regular vaccinations and by keeping them dry and warm.
In terms of grooming, avoid clipping their hair too short during winter months, its best to let it grow out as it provides them with natural cosiness. A trim would keep things in place and avoid matting. When bathing your pet, ensure you blow dry them immediately and completely. Paws must be cared for, see to it that they don’t get cracked or dry and add some external moisture.
Feed your pets well, they tend to use up more energy trying to generate body heat from within. Provide them with plenty of fresh water, healthy meals and a decent amount of exercise.
As pet owners we must provide our pets with the necessary consideration and care. It is good to be cautious, you don’t want to stop their privilege of being outdoors, only limit it for their own safety. Always remember that if the weather is too cold for you it’s the same for your pet.
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