Winter isn’t far off now. Some of you may be looking forward to enjoying cold-weather activities. Others are probably already impatient for spring. Fido and Fluffy may be somewhat protected from the weather, because of their fur coats, but they’re by no means impervious to the effects of cold. A Middletown, DE vet offers some advice on helping your furry companion get ready for winter in this article.
Fido and Fluffy often shed a lot at this time of year, as they are growing in thicker fur ahead of that cold weather. Brush your furry friend regularly. This will help keep hair from getting plastered all over everything, as you’ll be grabbing it with a brush before it ends up on your sofa. It will also help keep your pet both warmer and more comfortable.
Did you know that many dogs and cats sleep even more than usual when it’s cold or dreary out? Make sure Fido and Fluffy have warm, comfy beds. You may want to add a soft throw for extra warmth.
Pets with thin fur will need jackets and sweaters to keep them warm. Check your four-legged friend’s things, and make sure everything is clean, in good condition, and still fits.
Fluffy and Fido often stay home alone while their humans are out earning money for food and toys. As it starts getting dark earlier, leave a light and perhaps a radio on for them, so they aren’t sitting alone in a dark, quiet house.
You may also need to make a few adjustments to your pet’s menu. If your furry pal spends time outdoors, has thin fur, or is pregnant or nursing, your vet may recommend increasing portion sizes as it gets cold. Fluffy and Fido will burn extra calories just staying warm when it’s chilly out. Some pets will also benefit from taking supplements. Ask your vet for recommendations.
Snow, salt, sand, and chemical de-icing agents can all take a toll on a pet’s delicate toe beans. We’d recommend getting some pet-safe de-icers. If your cat is allowed outside, and/or if you have neighborhood strays you want to help out, make little kitty shelters out of storage totes or Styrofoam coolers. Just cut a door in one side, and then add newspaper or soft blankets.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your local Middletown, DE pet hospital, we’re here for you!