Oct 22, 2021 6:23:14 PM
Winter is a lovely time of year for most pets, lots of warm cuddles, scenic walks, and a few extra seasonal treats, but winter can bring its own unique challenges to our furry companions.
Your pet may be prone to itchy and irritated skin and chapped paws because of a sudden change to freezing dry air or chilly rain during winter. Just like their fur-less-parents, some dogs are more vulnerable to the effects of cold than others. In winter, issues like frostbite and hypothermia pose the biggest risks to pets. The key is to remember, if the temperature is colder for you, it may be unbearable for your dog.
In colder snaps, give some extra thought as to how much fur needs trimming, or if any needs trimming at all. Longer coats provide more protection, especially to dogs who prefer to be out on walks, regardless of the weather.
Checking the paws of your dog is very important, especially during the challenges that winter may provide.
To stay warm, cats sometimes hide in a car's wheel arches during colder months. Starting the engine and moving your car could seriously hurt any cat sleeping in the wheel well. Try clapping and making noise, stamping around the vehicle before starting your engine.
Antifreeze can be sweet-smelling and may attract some curious pets, but it is highly toxic and can cause significant illness, costly vet bills, or even death, if ingested by cats or dogs.
It’s a sad fact that the darker months see more household animals lost than at any other time. One reason is that snowfall can obscure familiar scents that would usually assist them to make their way home.
Common sense is your best friend when sudden climate changes occur, but as creatures of habit, we sometimes benefit from some basic reminders to keep us all happy and healthy.
An emergency plan sounds extreme, but a little extra thought may prove time well spent. Here are some ideas:
You pet’s dietary needs may change due to a reduced (or increased, for some) activity level. Diet plays such a key role in keeping your furry friend fit and healthy, so book in for a nutritional review with your local Nutritional Adviser.
“…animal welfare organisations have been warning that pets who have never known anything other than their humans being around all the time could struggle to adjust when owners return to the workplace post-lockdown.” [The Guardian, July 2021]
There’s no feeling quite like the excitement of getting your first puppy. To make sure they have the very best start with you, you’ll need to prepare for their arrival, covering off a few essentials: play, food, sleep, house training, medical care, exercising and socialising.
With our ever-changing, eclectic British weather we have to be on the ball when it comes to looking after our dogs. What is an ideal environment in the morning can have changed completely by the afternoon so we have to be mindful of making sure our pets are going to be comfortable – whatever the weather.
This year’s summer holiday period is quite unlike any other as many families choose to holiday right here in the UK as we continue to face travel limitations and concerns about venturing abroad. Also our dogs have become quite used to having us around 24/7 so you might feel less able to leave them behind this year. So if you are looking to enjoy a break in the UK with your dogs, what are your options and considerations?