Animals have little problem with cold and generally enjoy low temperatures. Dogs are more willing and winter is a great time to encourage physical exercise. The concern should be with the puppies and the elderly animals, who feel colder and are more likely to contract diseases typical of the time.
It is necessary to pay attention to details such as change in behavior, clothes, bath and sleeping place. Read the 8 tips we have prepared to take better care of your pet in winter:
1. Grooming : If the puppy does regular activities and has no health problems, keep the grooming routine. In the case of very elderly dogs or those who are outdoors, take advantage of the animal’s natural protection and avoid very low grooming.
2. Clothes : animals that are constantly moving and exercising do not need clothes. On the Granvita blog we prepared a specific text for the use of clothes on animals . Check out!
3. Place to sleep : Some dogs, even having their own house, prefer to stay outdoors. Keep these animals indoors in rainy or cold days. Protect the animal’s bed from the cold by placing a rubber coating or platform avoiding direct contact with the floor. For cats, use the scratching posts with holes, they love it.
4. Behavior : Your pet is always very excited and is suddenly quiet and listless. Always be aware of changes in behavior.
5. Bathing : Reduce the frequency of bathing in winter, which should preferably be with warm water and do not wet the animal on colder days. Dry it well after showering and don’t let it go out on the street until at least 30 minutes later.
6. Vaccines : Pneumonia is more common in winter and in cats and dogs they can be bacterial, which is even more serious. Keep your vaccines up to date and avoid crowds with large numbers of animals. In the cold it is more common to get canine infectious tracheobronchitis, also known as kennel cough. The disease is highly contagious and is more dangerous for elderly animals or young animals. To stroll, prefer the times with more sun.
7. Exercises : Encourage dogs to do exercises, the cold is a great time for that. Use toys at home. They can eat a little more food than normal because of the exercises, but there is no need for a reinforcement in the diet and monitoring the weight of the animal is something that needs to be done in any season. Overweight is a serious problem that can cause cardiovascular and spine disease.
8. Brushing : Increase the frequency of brushing the animal to at least three times a week. They tend to lick themselves more in the cold and end up swallowing more by forming balls in the stomach, which can lead to constipation in cats, also known as “constipation”. In dogs, it prevents the formation of knots that leads to skin lesions.