Older pets, like older people, tend to feel the winter chill a bit more acutely than the rest of us. But, we can make it easier for our old pets in winter. Here are a few things we can do:
- Clothes – if your dog or cat will wear a jacket, put one on when it is chilly. (I know this is near impossible with cats…)
- Make sure your pet’s shelter is waterproof and windproof. The sleeping area should ideally be lifted off the ground and have plenty of soft warm blankets.
- Start a joint supplement, if you notice any signs of stiffness. (We recommend Joint Formula :)) Cold weather exacerbates joint problems.
- Prebiotics as well as a general multivitamin are a good idea for old pets in winter. These will boost immunity and help to keep your pet healthy throughout the winter. (Ours is called Everypet Formula.)
- Warm food will help to warm your pet from the inside. For the oldies, it is worth the trouble.
- Feed a little extra during winter. In order to avoid loss of condition, I recommend increasing the amount of food you feed by about 10%. Your pets metabolic needs increase during winter because they expend energy keeping warm.
- Groom your pet regularly. A well groomed coat is a better insulator.
- Towel dry your pet if he or she gets wet. Dry the feet as well and rub the pads with a little Natura Paw and Snout soother after a cold walk.