The winter months can be tough on all of us. The shorter days and blistering temperatures can really put a damper on our mood. The same is true for our pets. Winter can be difficult on pets too because they are just as vulnerable to the winter blues as we are. We’ve put together this list of recommendations from leading animal welfare organizations on ways to care for your pet during the winter.
Adjust Food and Water Intake
According to the ASPCA, our pets tend to exert more energy in the winter months as a way of keeping themselves warm. They may want a longer walk or an extra game of fetch. These are natural tendencies, and we must adjust in the best interest of our pet. One way to do that is to tweak your pet’s food and water intake. Consider providing a little more food and keep water bowls filled so your pet stays hydrated. If your pet spends time outdoors, watch the water bowl to ensure it doesn’t freeze.
Limit Bath Time
Pets that love to play outside get dirty quickly. Our natural response is to give our pet a bath. However, it is important to reduce the number of baths pets are given during the winter months. Their skin produces essential oils that help keep them moisturized. Frequent bathing results in dry skin which can be very uncomfortable. PetMD recommends limiting the number of baths you give your pet during the winter months and talk with your vet about moisturizing shampoo.
Watch Your Pet’s Paws
Our pets’ paws are among the most vulnerable parts of their body. Just like humans, the paws can become dry and irritated quickly during the winter months. That is especially true when there is snow or ice on the ground. It is a good idea to frequently wipe your pet’s paws and their chest/stomach area down when they come in from playing outside. According to the American Humane Society, keeping their paws clean will stop any chances of your pet becoming ill should they step on ice-melting chemicals.
Make a Cozy Bed
Pets love cozy spaces just as much as we do. During the winter months, it is more important than ever to provide them with a cozy bed or space where they can stay warm and relax. Dogs Naturally Magazine recommends that you keep the bed away from vents and places where there could be a draft. Also, place the bed in a location your dog enjoys. That way, they will be more likely to use it.
At HHHunt, we believe it’s how you live that matters and our pets are an important part of our family. Don’t forget to give them the extra care and attention they deserve during the winter.