Winter Warming Tips
As temperatures continue to drop we find ourselves rugging up with warm jackets, scarves and extra blankets on our beds to keep us warm at night. But what about our pets, how can we keep them warm and cosy during the winter?
It is sometimes forgotten that our pets are just as accustomed to the warm weather and shelter of our indoor homes as we are. It is important to consider your pet’s wellbeing during the cooler months and the many things that you can do to keep your family pet warm and safe this winter. Talk to your local Greencross Vets to learn about the winter care for your pet.
We have some great and simple tips on keeping your pet warm and healthy during the cooler months.
Winter Warming Tips
1. Good Exercise
Keep your pet warm and healthy during winter and prevent any extra kilos creeping on with plenty of exercise.
2. Regular Health Checks
Don’t forget to take your furry friend to the vet for a winter health check-up. Older pets in particular are susceptible to chilly temperatures and you may notice them start to slow down over the next few months.
3. Fresh Water
Pets still require plenty of fresh water in winter especially when they are spending time indoors as the heating can dehydrate them quickly. If you live in a particularly cold area, be sure to check your pet’s water bowl regularly to make sure that it has not iced over.
4. Warm and Comfy Bedding
Now is the time to reconsider where to house your pet overnight. If your pet sleeps outside, provide them with a warm place to sleep and rest utilising thicker bedding, warm jackets and even microwavable heat pillows if necessary.
5. Maintain Grooming Regime
Don’t forget your pet still needs to be groomed during the winter months as well as the summer ones. Many pet parents leave their dogs and cats coats to grow long over winter in an attempt to keep them warm but this can lead to some skin problems, matting and long hours of brushing and trying to get those knots out. Ensure that your pet is comfortable and continue to get them clipped to a manageable length.
Avoid overfeeding your fur baby over the winter months as they may not be able to burn off the additional calories.
The care requirements might vary depending upon the breed. Take to your local Greencross Vets to learn more about the winter care requirements for your pet.