Winter Dangers to our pets
With winter in full swing it can be easy to overlook the dangers of cold weather for our pets and forget about the importance of pet safety. You already know that the easiest way to keep your pets warm during the winter is to keep them inside…but we also know that is not always possible. As beautiful as our pet’s fur is, it’s not a perfect insulator; in fact our dogs and cats skin is just as sensitive as our own. If an animal’s coat gets wet the fur loses most of its insulating ability. For cats and dogs with short fur, protection is even more minimal. Your pet’s toes, nose and ears are also vulnerable to the chilly temperature. So please limit the amount of time they spend outside, or if they are outside for long periods of time be sure to provide a dry draft free shelter. Plus while our feline friends don’t tolerate clothing, they are quite useful for your pooch, even though you might say a dog isn’t meant to wear clothing, take a moment to think of the benefits, how they hug the body which actually provides comfort and can be calming for some dogs, and ultimately they really do help to keep them warm! It is important to remember when fitting a jacket to your dog not to use human clothes. These restrict your pets and if they get wet they may try and get out of them which can be a suffocation risk. Jackets and jerseys designed for your doggy are ideal for keeping your dog warm this winter. In the cooler months dogs and cats tend to burn more calories at a much faster rate due to their bodies constantly working to keep them warm. Make sure you are supplementing their diet and feeding them more if and when necessary. Special care is needed with our very young and also older pets as they both lack the fat, metabolism and fur to keep them warm on cold nights. You may also notice as the chilly season sets in that your pet becomes stiff and sore. Arthritis in dogs and cats is very common and symptoms are normally most apparent in the cooler months. There are lots of things we can do to help your pets stiff joints so if you’re concerned please give us a call and make an appointment. For any questions please call for friendly and helpful advice.