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JUL 30 2020
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Winter Considerations for our Senior Pets

The change of season can be especially challenging for our senior pets, as older pets in general don’t cope as well with the cold and wet, so will need extra care and attention during winter. Arthritis and joint disease are especially common in older animals, and the cold can make them very stiff and sore. Furthermore, older pets often have other diseases or illnesses that might make them weaker than normal, less energetic and willing to go out in the cold. 

All of these problems mean that you may have to make some changes this winter to keep them happy;

Food = Fuel. Pick the correct food for your aging pet & feed the correct amount. As they age, their activity levels typically decrease and their metabolic rate can begin to slow down. If not managed correctly, this can put them at risk of gaining weight which can then lead to further health issues. Their digestion and overall gastrointestinal health are more likely to require support - which good quality senior foods address.  

Keep 'Em Active. Pets lacking in adequate activity loose muscle mass & cognitive function much faster than sedentary pets. You could try by introducing new toys and activities. For an older dog, a new toy isn't just fun and exciting – it can also offer your dog mental stimulation and encourage more interaction. Shorter days & colder nights we know can be a good excuse not to venture outdoors as much, but dogs confined indoors will lack exercise & stimulation, which can also lead to weight gain. We have a gorgeous range of 'Mr Soft Top' jackets in store now, so no excuse not to get out & play! 

Be A "Watch Dog". No one knows your pet like you do! Keep an eye out for any sudden changes, maybe reduction of certain senses, behavioral changes, weight loss/gain, joint pain/stiffness, difficulty eating - check for sore gums or teeth.

Regular Check-Ups. These are critical for early detection of potential issues, visit your Veterinarian every six months or as advised. 

Warm & draft-free bed - just as we feel the cold in the winter months, so do our pets, especially aging pets so ensure they have a warm & cozy place to rest (see our large range of beds & baskets in store for great options!).

Watch for antifreeze – pets love the sweet smell and taste and it is highly toxic.

Before starting your car - cats will seek warmth where they can get it, and that may be the warm engine of a car just parked. Before starting up, knock on the bonnet or honk the horn to scare off any cats - and prevent potential tragedy.

 See this informative article by the SPCA tailored for more winter advice. 

Tags: cats, dogs

The change of season can be especially challenging for our senior pets, as older pets in general don’t cope as well with the cold and wet, so will need extra care and attention during winter. Arthritis and joint disease are especially common in older animals, and the cold can make them very stiff and sore. Furthermore, older pets often have other diseases or illnesses that might make them weaker than normal, less energetic and willing to go out in the cold. 

All of these problems mean that you may have to make some changes this winter to keep them happy;

Food = Fuel. Pick the correct food for your aging pet & feed the correct amount. As they age, their activity levels typically decrease and their metabolic rate can begin to slow down. If not managed correctly, this can put them at risk of gaining weight which can then lead to further health issues. Their digestion and overall gastrointestinal health are more likely to require support - which good quality senior foods address.  

Keep 'Em Active. Pets lacking in adequate activity loose muscle mass & cognitive function much faster than sedentary pets. You could try by introducing new toys and activities. For an older dog, a new toy isn't just fun and exciting – it can also offer your dog mental stimulation and encourage more interaction. Shorter days & colder nights we know can be a good excuse not to venture outdoors as much, but dogs confined indoors will lack exercise & stimulation, which can also lead to weight gain. We have a gorgeous range of 'Mr Soft Top' jackets in store now, so no excuse not to get out & play! 

Be A "Watch Dog". No one knows your pet like you do! Keep an eye out for any sudden changes, maybe reduction of certain senses, behavioral changes, weight loss/gain, joint pain/stiffness, difficulty eating - check for sore gums or teeth.

Regular Check-Ups. These are critical for early detection of potential issues, visit your Veterinarian every six months or as advised. 

Warm & draft-free bed - just as we feel the cold in the winter months, so do our pets, especially aging pets so ensure they have a warm & cozy place to rest (see our large range of beds & baskets in store for great options!).

Watch for antifreeze – pets love the sweet smell and taste and it is highly toxic.

Before starting your car - cats will seek warmth where they can get it, and that may be the warm engine of a car just parked. Before starting up, knock on the bonnet or honk the horn to scare off any cats - and prevent potential tragedy.

 See this informative article by the SPCA tailored for more winter advice. 

Tags: cats, dogs