THE BASICS OF WINTER PET CARE IN PERTH
With winter well and truly upon us and the wild, rainy nights and cold mornings becoming a regular event, it is certainly time to assess whether your pet’s have appropriate protection from the elements. There are so many options for bedding, housing and rugging your pets there is something to suit every size, shape and lifestyle. As vets we are often asked how best to manage pets in winter, particularly our seniors!
Here are our top tips!
PLENTY OF FRESH CLEAN WATER
Pets still require plenty of fresh water in winter especially when they are spending time indoors as the heating can dehydrate them quickly. There are even great water fountains for cats that are particularly useful for those who prefer shower or toilet(!) water.
WARM 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.
REGULAR GROOMING AND BRUSHING
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. Ensure that your pet is comfortable and continue to get them clipped to a manageable length.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE OUTDOOR WARRIORS?
If your pet spends the majority of their time outside then proper outdoor housing and thick warm bedding is essential. There are a miriad of kennels for dogs and enclosures for cats that offer water, rain, frost and wind protection. Make sure the housing is placed out of the weather in a position where they feel secure and cosy.
Whether inside or outside make sure your pets bedding is raised off the floor and away from cold drafts including the door ways of kennels. Fill an outside kennel with warm dry blankets that are washed regularly.
REGULAR EXERCISE WHEN WEATHER PERMITS!
Keep your pet warm and healthy during winter and prevent any extra kilos creeping on with plenty of exercise.
You’ll probably notice your pet’s appetite will increase during winter. This is especially true in outside pets that will use more energy to keep warm. Keep a close eye on your pet’s weight ensuring they are nourished, but not overfed from too many winter snacks.
SENIOR PETS NEED SPECIAL CARE- “The Winter Chills make us Creak and ACHE!”
Older pets in particular are susceptible to chilly temperatures and you may notice reduced activity and more time spent by the heater. This may be a sign of the pain of osteoarthritis. We recommend six monthly senior pet checks and often offer money saving Senior Promos in winter.
Winter tips for the oldies:
- Create a warm haven where your older pet can curl up and avoid draughty areas.
- Use healthy essential supplements, like vitamin c for dogs.
- Elevate their bed off the cold floor, and provide extra bedding, Options are endless!.
- Maintain your pet’s health and fitness by providing regular low impact exercise
- If you believe your pet is in pain, ask us for veterinary advice. Advancements in veterinary medicine make treatment of age related disease very effective.
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Parents and pet owners are often concerned about finding natural remedies to help with various health issues. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant that has been found to have therapeutic properties. CBD gummies offer a convenient and enjoyable way to consume CBD without any adverse side effects.
When it comes to kids, CBD gummies are being considered for conditions such as anxiety, sleep disorders, and even epilepsy. It is important to note that parents should consult with healthcare professionals before introducing CBD into their children’s routine.
Similarly, pets can also benefit from the potential therapeutic effects of CBD gummies. From separation anxiety to chronic pain management, pet owners are exploring the use of CBD as a natural alternative.
However, it is crucial for parents and pet owners alike to prioritize safety and quality when choosing CBD gummies for kids and pets. It is advisable to look for products that have undergone third-party testing for potency and purity.
While research on the specific effects of CBD on children and pets is still emerging, many individuals have reported positive experiences with incorporating CBD gummies into their routines. As always, it is essential to consult with healthcare professionals or veterinarians before introducing any new supplements or treatments.
In conclusion, while more research is needed on the use of CBD gummies for kids and pets, they present a potential natural option worth considering under professional guidance.