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As the chilly winds of winter begin to blow and the days grow shorter, it's essential to ensure our furry family members stay warm and comfortable during the colder months. Just like us, pets can feel the effects of the dropping temperatures, making it crucial to take steps to keep them cosy and safe. We've compiled some helpful tips to help you keep your pets warm this winter.

 

1. Provide Warm Sleeping Areas

Whether your pet spends most of their time indoors or outdoors, providing proper bedding and shelter is essential. For indoor pets, ensure their bed is raised off the floor and away from cold draughts. Consider adding extra blankets or cushions for warmth, and if needed, a pet-safe heated bed or wheat bag can provide additional comfort. Keep their bed away from heaters or fires to prevent burns or dry skin. 

 

Outdoor pets require a different approach; investing in a well-insulated shelter, such as a kennel or enclosed area, is paramount to protect them from the elements. Provide plenty of warm, dry bedding. Additionally, place their housing in a sheltered location away from wind and rain. 

 

2. Dress Them in Warm Clothing

Just like humans, some pets may benefit from wearing a coat or jumper during winter walks, especially those with short coats or smaller breeds. Look for well-fitting jackets that provide warmth without restricting movement. Introduce any new clothing gradually, allowing your pet time to adjust.

 

3. Maintain a Winter Grooming Routine

Regular grooming is essential year-round but becomes especially important during winter. Keeping your pet's coat clean and well-maintained will help insulate them from the cold and prevent skin issues. Ensure they are thoroughly dried after baths before going outside, and consider trimming excess fur to prevent matting.

4. Watch for Signs of Cold Stress

Keep an eye out for signs that your pet may be feeling the cold, such as shivering, seeking warm spots, or reluctance to go outside. Pets with arthritis or other age-related conditions may struggle more in colder weather, so monitor them closely for any changes in mobility or behaviour.

 

5. Adjust Their Diet

Pets may need extra calories during the winter months to maintain their body temperature. Adjust their diet accordingly, but be mindful of their activity level to prevent weight gain. Consult with your veterinarian for personalised feeding recommendations based on your pet's needs.

 

6. Keep Them Indoors During Extreme Cold

When temperatures plummet, it's safest to keep pets indoors as much as possible. Limit outdoor time, especially during the coldest parts of the day, and provide indoor enrichment to keep them mentally stimulated.

 

Winter can be a magical time for pets and their owners, but it's essential to prioritise their comfort and wellbeing as temperatures drop. By following these tips, you can ensure your furry friends stay warm, happy, and healthy throughout the winter months. If you have any concerns about your pet's health or welfare, don't hesitate to contact us for guidance and support. Stay warm and enjoy the season with your beloved pets!

 

 

Disclaimer: This is general information only. It is not intended as medical or health advice and should not be relied on as a substitute for consultation with a qualified healthcare professional who understands your pet's individual needs.

Kaipara Farm Vets

Kaipara Farm Vets and Rural Solutions is a locally owned business aiming to provide large animal veterinary services and support to our farming community.