9 expert tips to keep your pets warm this winter

9 expert tips to keep your pets warm this winter

There’s a cool breeze in the air, the days are shorter, the nights are longer, and the sweaters are now everyone’s best friends. Winter is here and as we prepare for it, we need to start taking some steps to keep our pets warm too! Here are some tips to keep your pet warm this winter:Read also – Man hosts baby shows for his pregnant Persian cats in Coimbatore

  1. Warm and thick bedding:
    Winters can be harsh for our pets, investing in thick and warm bedding will ensure they get a good night’s sleep. Also keep a thick blanket nearby. They can change their sleeping place depending on the temperature inside the room.
  2. Warm clothes:
    Get your pets some thick sweaters, jackets, scarves, socks or hats. Our pets also feel cold! Warm clothes can protect them from the cold and make them feel comfortable. Keeping your pets warm is extremely important if they are young because puppies and kittens are less tolerant of the cold weather as they have less muscle and fat.
  3. Do not shave them:
    If your pet sheds a lot or has a thick coat / long hair, do not shave it in the winters. The longer, thicker coat will provide protection and warmth to your pet. Many pets cut their hair to get a thicker coat for the winter, so do not shave completely, just get it cut from a groomer.
  4. Take care of their care:
    Winter means fewer baths. But that does not mean any baths at all. The air during this period is humid and the surface can be muddy, so it is important to take care of your pet’s hygiene even in winter. Bathe your pets indoors with warm water, and be sure to wipe them off completely with a warm towel before letting them out. Reduce the number of baths, but keep them fresh with an anti-odor spray.
  5. Use a foot balm:
    Winters can be very harsh for your pet’s paw pads as they are soft and sensitive. The cold weather can cause cracks and dry out their paws, which can be very painful for them when walking. Keep checking your pet’s paw pads for any cracks or dryness, and use a paw balm to protect their paws and keep them moist. Choose a conditioner that can also be used on your pet’s snout and elbows.
  6. Avoid giving cold water or food:
    If their water or food has been lying around for too long, it can get cold really quickly. Avoid giving water or food that is cold or at room temperature, and instead warm up their water and food. This will make their meals more tasty and also keep them healthy.
  7. Increase the proportions of their meals:
    You may notice that your pet is hungrier during the winter months. This is probably because they need the extra nutrition and calories to regulate their body temperature. Therefore, it is okay to increase the amount of their food. You can also add hot soups like chicken soup and meat broth to their diet. However, do not go overboard, talk to a nutritionist or a veterinarian before making adjustments to their diet.
  8. Exercise is important:
    No one likes to exercise during the holiday season, but you have to keep moving to stay healthy. The same rule applies to pets. Winters can also make them feel lazy and dull, so a little exercise is important to ensure they stay healthy and active. Running, jumping and playing can also help them feel warm.
  9. Massage them with oils:
    Winters are harder for older pets who have arthritis, muscle aches or pets that suffer from joint pain. The cold weather can aggravate their pain. You can help relieve their pain by massaging them with painkillers like hemp seed oil or cannabis leaf extract oil.

Here are some pet symptoms to watch out for during the winter season: Read also – Vehicle speed limit must be lowered on Yamuna Expressway from 15 December. Here’s why

  • Whining, shaking or hiding. If your pet exhibits heat-seeking behaviors, you should take them indoors and keep them warm.
  • Your pet can sleep next to the heater or seek heat from elsewhere; keep an eye on your pet and make sure they do not get into trouble.
  • Press your car’s bonnet a few times to ensure that no kittens / puppies hide under it. Many small animals seek shelter under the car’s bonnet due to the heat of the engine

We hope these winter tips make your pet’s cuddles warmer. If you notice signs of hypothermia or unusual symptoms in your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately. Read also – Final farewell: This NGO in Hyderabad will soon start a crematorium for pets

– Input by Dr. Pranjal Khandare, veterinarian at Wiggles.in

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