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:
1. 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…)
2. 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.
3. Start a joint supplement, if you notice any signs of stiffness. (We recommend Joint Formula :)) Cold weather exacerbates joint problems.
4. 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.)
5. Warm food will help to warm your pet from the inside. For the oldies, it is worth the trouble.
6. 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 pet’s metabolic needs increase during Winter because they expend energy keeping warm.
7. Groom your pet regularly. A well groomed coat is a better insulator.
8. Towel dry your pet if he or she gets wet. Dry the feet as well and rub the pads with a little vaseline after a cold walk.