In the winter time, we take care to put out a warm blanket for the cat. We get a parka for the Chihuahua to make their walks warmer…and to give us a few smiles as well. We break out our winter coats for long walks with the dog, and curl up next to the window with hot chocolate to peer at the snow with the cats. We take a lot of precautions to care for our pets in the winter time, but do you give extra care to you aging pet? Thru your family and friends having pets of all ages, and we all know that caring for our pets must be specialized for their age.
“Dogs are often older than we think they are, especially when we’ve had them as puppies, as time flies by and we have always been used to their energetic behavior. “ – Purina
It’s easy for us to overlook older pet’s needs with seasonal change, especially if they’re still really energetic and active in their old age. Still, problems for aging pets such as a need for more warmth, arthritis, and more, need to be helped through the chilly weather. Here are a few ways to help your elderly pet through the season:
- Check out where your pet’s bed is. Is it near any large windows? In a drafty spot? Make sure that your pet’s bed is kept in a warm, quiet place away from any drafts, and that it’s a little extra plush in the winter. The soft bed feels great on for their joints, and the warmth helps their joints as well.
- Is your cat a little less springy than usual? Dog not as apt to play fetch? Arthritic pets have increased issues with their mobility in the cold. Help lift them in and out of cars, and even up the stairs. A ramp to the car is a great decision for large breeds, as well. Keep things in easy to reach locations, such as having food and water dishes and litter boxes on each level of your home for your cats.
- Does your pet have any issues with their respiratory tract? Pets with standing issues with breathing will have a harder time with cold weather. Talk to your vet about how to best protect your pet, and if they’re on medication, if a change in dosage is necessary.
- Staying inside during harsh winter weather is cozy, but it’s also stagnant. Lack of activity can result in weight gain, which puts more strain on your pet’s elderly frame. Play often and keep them active to deter depression and weight gain in your pet and for yourself.
What kind of precautions do you take to protect your pet in the winter time?