Look after them in cold weather, and they'll continue to be perfect companions in the home.
Irrespective of the season we're living in at any given moment; the weather can turn cold and rather nippy on a whim. Many people don't like cold weather, and this same rationale goes for your domestic pets. Common side effects of pets exposed to cold weather in the home include, yet are not limited to the following ailments: chapped paws, flaky, itchy and dry skin. No different to how our skin can feel in freezing cold weather. There are simple steps you can take to ensure that your feline companion is well looked after in the home when cooler weather hits.
1. How often should I bathe my pet?
In cold weather, do not bathe them as often as you normally would. Why? Washing them too frequently can remove some necessary nutrients from their skin, that assists them in maintaining a healthy coat of fur. Ask your vet or local pet shop for a cold weather friendly shampoo and conditioner if you have to give your dog (in particular) a bath in cold weather conditions. A soothing wash with oatmeals would be ideal.
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2. How do I look after their paws, to prevent them from breaking?
After you have taken your dog for a walk, use an old towel and massage their paws. You can also use some jelly like moisturiser that is pet friendly. If you have a cat, it would be a good idea to massage their paws before they go outside in cold weather. All of these techniques prevent chapped paws.
3. Watch out for fleas, ticks and other irritants.
The above are the most common culprits with domestic pets at any time; let alone in colder weather. If you notice that you dog and/or cat is scratching more than usual - even for a short period after receiving their monthly dose of Frontline Plus or similar; it does not hurt to get them checked out at the local vet. From what begins as a minor skin irritation in the home garden, could become a serious infection for your feline friend in the chilly times.
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4. How often should I brush their fur?
More often than you normally would. As we know, brushing gets rid of dead hairs, and for an animal it would stimulate the hair follicles within their fur in ensuring a glossier, healthier coat.
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5. How often should I feed my pet in the home in colder weather?
No different to how we need to eat more in cold weather for more energy; you'll need to feed your dog and/or cat a little more in chilly weather conditions. Frequent supplies of fresh water is also a given.
Feed them more when necessary
If you have any great tips on looking after your home pet in the colder weather, then please share by leaving your comments where indicated.