We aren’t the only ones who feel the cold. As our pets age their fur separates allowing the cold to penetrate even more.
Some handy winter pet care tips from Petcarers;
Check your dog’s kennel for draughts & dampness.
Leaks in kennels can encourage mould growth which isn’t good for our dog’s health.
Patch up gaps & consider lining the kennel, putting rubber mats on the floor under the blanket to prevent rising damp, or check out your local pet store for new kennels. I advise against buying used second hand kennels, as there is no way of knowing if the previous dog had a contractible disease.
Check the kennels position for wind and rain protection. Can it be moved under shelter?
Add fresh dry blankets, enough for them to bury themselves into and build up the blankets around them for extra warmth.
If your dog chews blankets, it is more economical to buy them from second hand stores and put them through a hot wash before use.
Does your dog likes wearing a dog coat?
We recommend something durable, breathable, & the right
size, unlike this one….. This is a better fit.
If you take your dog into the pet store, they can help fit them for their fabulous new coat. Some many designs and colours to choose from.
Your dog will appreciate some “breathing time” without it on during the day, but love it at night. Of course there are some who just won’t wear a jacket and the extra blankets can be a great alternative.
Can your pet be kept indoors?
For puppies or the elderly incontinence can be an issue. Can you enclose them in a laundry/tiled area that is easy to clean up in the event of “accidents?” Newspaper or wee pads can be put on the floor to make clean up easier. This gives them shelter, warmth away from storms and driving rain, and freezing cold.
Bikky & Lucy had two of these beds, but loved to snuggle together.
P.S. If your elderly pet has become incontinent please speak to your vet. Medication can have a dramatic effect and your pet will stop feeling guilty for those “accidents” they used to be able to control.
For your cat run, do you have a completely sheltered area?
Is it waterproof and weather proof? Does your cat run have an access point to head indoors when the weather turns bad?
https://catnip.com.au/ have a range of cat runs and they can be designed for your home and budget.
Are your pets finding it difficult to move around easily in the colder months?
Do they find it hard to get onto the sofa or bed, or out of their beds? Limping and inability to move freely are strong indicators of pain. Ailments such as arthritis are so much worse in winter. Your vet can diagnose these conditions and prescribe medications. Pet stores also have a range of arthritic treatments that can dramatically improve your pet’s quality of life. Some are in powder form and can go on their food, no struggling with tablets unnecessarily. There are also battery operated warming blankets that your pets will love.
Pipers By the Lake –seating is available at the front of the venue, and a lovely courtyard at the rear. Dog water bowls are provided and there are delicious dog treats on available to purchase from the kiosk out the front. Dog friendly sweet and savoury treats including a soy milk based puppuccino!
Other venues who are dog friendly Meigas, Café Lekker, Java Lounge, Nibble & Natter Yellow Espresso & Websters Market & Café.
If your dog is well socialised & you would like them to have a good run in a secure, fenced off lead park, head to the C.E. Brown Reserve, 240 Dowling Street, Wendouree.
The area also features a water fountain and doggie-doo bag dispenser and rubbish bin. Please remember to clean up after your dog, keep them within sight & voice control. They can enjoy socialising with other dogs, meet other dog friendly humans and have lots of doggy fun.
May you and your wonderful pets have a warm & wonderful winter, from Sharon and all of the Petcarers team.
To see the range of our pet care services www.petcarers.com.au or ph 1300 427 382.