We are still experiencing hot days, but gradually the temperature should start to drop until we reach the cold winter days. And in addition to feeling cold, our pets do too – especially those with short coats. So it is important to take some precautions.
Temperature shock, such as bathing, drying the dog with a hairdryer and going outside for a walk can be very harmful to your pet’s health, for example. In addition to respiratory diseases, the low temperature in winter can cause more pain in elderly animals that have problems such as osteoarthritis, spinal calcifications or herniated discs.
– Check out tips for taking care of your pet this winter.
• Reduce the frequency of bathing and avoid bathing on very cold days;
• In baths, use water and dry the animal well. Wait 30 minutes after the shower to go out on the street;
• In winter, make the animal’s coat longer;
• If the animal feels very cold, choose to put clothes on him;
• If your dog prefers to sleep in the open, keep him in a sheltered place on very cold and rainy days;
• Tour time: choose the hottest times of the day to stroll. From 11 am to 3 pm;
• In winter, increase the animal’s food by 20% to 30% (this tip is not valid for animals that are obese, sedentary or with a tendency to gain weight);
• Vaccinate your pet against the most common diseases during the winter.
“Kennel cough” and rhinotracheitis: common diseases in winter
Dogs – In winter, dogs can show symptoms very similar to the human cold. Coughing, sneezing, fever, lack of appetite and runny nose are clinical signs of “kennel cough” – or tracheobronchitis. Although it can happen at any time of the year, “kennel cough” appears more frequently in cold months due to the low temperature. The disease can be caused by viruses, bacteria or funds and is contagious among dogs through direct contact.
Cats – Sneezing and difficulty breathing are symptoms associated with viruses such as rhinotracheitis, a specific cat disease. Common in winter, the disease is not transmissible to people and dogs. Contagion between cats occurs through direct contact.
– Take your pet regularly to the veterinary clinic and protect it in the coming winter.