Lower temperatures work directly with our urge to get out and go to work, but that is not the same for our pets. Some pets tend to wake up earlier, need more walks and utimately eat more as the temperature falls. Winters are happy go lucky time for most pets, but also pose a threat if pets are left in chilly winds for long time. Though a little laziness is acceptable for most pets in winters, too much lethargy is a sign of sickness mostly undernutrition.
Among dogs, St Bernard, Akita, Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute and similar other winter-bred dogs get healthier in low temperatures, other breeds like Great Dane and Labrador face difficulty during the cold condition.
Aggravating medical conditions in winters
Cold weather often aggravates existing medical conditions in dogs, particularly arthritis. It’s very important to maintain an exercise regimen with your arthritic dog, but be mindful of slippery surfaces and make sure your dog has a warm soft rest area to recuperate after activity.
If you don’t already give your senior dog a natural joint supplement to lubricate the joints and ease the discomfort of arthritis, you may want to consider adding one in winter. Just like people, dogs are more susceptible to other illnesses during winter weather.
Bathe your pets as little as possible during winters. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. If your pet must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse Dry and cold weather can do a number on your pet’s skin. Help prevent dry, flaky skin by adding a skin and coat supplement to her food. Coconut oil is a good natural moisturizer that can help keep your pet’s skin and coat healthy.
Warm it up, but control the extend
Pets need to stay warm during winters like humans, but excessive heat can also pose to be a problem for them. Pet owners must ensure that their pet is getting enough energy and workout to beat the chills of low temperatures. Protein rich food is must for winters to provide energy and control unnecessary weight gain for pets. Coats and sweaters are must at night. However, do not keep them on throughout the day as it would cause rashes and skin problems.
For pet love birds, it is important to expose them to sunlight for essential nutrients. Also, their homes must be warmed using thermostats or covered at nights. Birds cannot sustain extreme temperatures, so a moderate temperature must be maintained.
Thermostats for fish tanks have to be used on cold winters nights that would affect their life in the following months. Ideally, their water temperature must be around 26 degree Celsius.
- n Do not give your pet frequent bath or expose them to water as it is difficult to dry them in winters.
- n Opt for dry baths in case the pet gets too dirty.
- n Serve home-cooked meals warm meals as far as possible.
- n Pets need more activity, so one kilometre walk in morning and evening is
- must. Activity can be
- increased for active pets.
- n Coats are must for cold nights to protect them from falling temperature.