The winter is fast approaching, and the colder weather can mean many of us want to head indoors and shelter away from the cold. What about your pet? Here are five tips to help your pet thrive in the winter.
Adjust food intake
Just as we move more at different times of the year, so do our pets. The colder weather could see them take a more sedentary lifestyle while older pets might feel the cold and start to drop off weight. It’s important to keep a close watch on your pets and how much food they need to stay healthy to make sure you’re giving them enough of what they need without overfeeding them. This, in turn, could lead to weight issues further down the line.
Cover sources of heat
Some pets will try to get as close as they can to a heat source. This could mean lying in front of an open fire or getting too close to a hot radiator. It’s best to keep these covered to avoid any accidental burns. Regular grooming is a great way to keep your pet’s coat in good shape, but avoiding the clippers for the season can help to keep them warm. If they need some extra help, them a pet coat could be all you need.
If you live in an isolated area or your town is prone to extreme winter weather, it’s always a good idea to make sure you have everything you need. This means enough food for your pet, a fresh supply of water, and up-to-date information about your pet’s medical needs – and a recent photograph in case you get separated.
Take care of paws
Many neighborhoods salt pathways and roads to help keep them free from ice. While it might mean we don’t slip over, the salt could be dangerous for our pets. Dogs often pick it up on their paws on a walk, which can get ingested or cause sores on their feet. Booties are a great option. However, washing their paws with fresh water and drying with a clean towel works just as well.
Keep them moving
It can be easy to see your exercise regime head out the window throughout winter. Sadly, this might not be the best for our pets. Many love to get out and see the world, while others benefit from exercise for many reasons. If the weather outside is just too cold, why not schedule some indoor playtime instead? To top it off, indoor hydrotherapy or roofed dog or cat parks can be an excellent way for your pet to socialize at the same time.
Many of us can’t wait to see the snow falling and can almost hear the holiday music from here. While we are enjoying the colder season and all the perks, it’s essential to learn how to help your pet thrive in the winter if you want to keep them happy and healthy all season long.