Love it or loathe it, winter is going to be here for a little while longer yet. While we might find ourselves making changes to better deal with the colder weather, our pets are often left to their same old routines. Here are 5 top tips on caring for your cat or dog during the winter months:
Adjust their food intake
The bodies of outdoor pets will be working harder to keep them warm against the elements. In order to do this, they need more fuel for their bodies in the form of food. Indoor pets, however, will be using up less energy than normal as they’ll often snooze the day away. Adjust the food intake of your pet accordingly.
Keep on fighting
The fleas, that is. Contrary to popular belief, winter is not a complete time of respite from pet-inhabiting bugs. With flea pupae able to lay dormant for up to a year it’s important not to fall into a false sense of security. Keep up the flea treatment year-round to ensure the battle is won, for the sake of your pet and your home!
Extremities such as ears and noses can be adversely affected by very cold weather, so ensure particular attention is paid to these areas for any potential health issues arising. Don’t forget to check the bottom of paws for any soreness or cracking caused by damp conditions too.
Keep them visible
Short days and poor weather limits visibility. Make sure your pet can be seen clearly by others – especially motorists – by fitting them with reflective collars.
Water, water, everywhere
Ensure you also provide them with a regular, fresh supply of water and check on any bowls of water kept outside in the event of them turning to ice.
Damp bedding can cause a number of health problems, resulting in rapid deterioration of your pet’s health. Regularly check your pet’s bedding to make sure that it is warm and dry.
Wrap them up
Well, not completely, but they’ll still need an extra layer. Despite them having a coat of their own, a dog’s fur isn’t completely protective against harsher weather – especially when it gets wet – which may cause problems not only for their coat but also the skin beneath. Providing them with a warm winter coat to wear while taking their daily walk will be much appreciated by them, mark our words!
Do you have any tried and tested tips that you would recommend? Share them with us in the comments below!