Just like humans, dogs and cats are vulnerable to the change in season, especially the colder weather. Despite their warm coats, our pets can still feel the effects of the cold and often show this through shivering or lethargy.
Here are some tips to look after your pets as we head into the colder seasons:
- Keep them warm at night. If your pets usually sleep outside at night, bring them into your laundry on colder nights. If they prefer to sleep outside make sure they have plenty of warm dry shelter. Our older pets can often develop joint pain and arthritis which becomes more painful in the cooler weather so providing a soft warm place to sleep will help ease joint pain.
- Keep up the walks. It’s easy to skip walks on colder days but it’s important to keep both your pet and yourself healthy so try to maintain a daily walk where possible.
- Outdoor pets burn more calories during winter so keep an eye on their weight and if need be increase their meal size slightly.
- Keep up the grooming! We can easily neglect grooming during the colder months but it’s especially important on dogs and cats with longer coats to avoid matting.
- Keep them stimulated. We can all get a bit bored on those long rainy days when you cant get outside. Keep your pets stimulated with some playtime, cuddles and toys. It will be good for you all!
Of course if you notice any unusual behaviour in your pets during the colder weather call your local vet.