On cold days a warm coat can help guard your pet against dry skin.
On cold days a warm coat can help guard your pet against dry skin. Contributed

Fido can feel the cold

AS RESIDENTS reach for a jumper thanks to plummeting temperatures, a leading veterinarian is warning pet owners that humans are not the only ones feeling the winter chill.

BVSC animal hospital founder and specialist vet Rod Straw said the onset of cooler temperatures could cause serious health problems for our four-legged friends.

Here's his seven tips for pet owners this season:

1. Provide a warm place for your pet to sleep: If an area is too cold for you to sleep, it's also likely to be too cold for your pet. Find a spot free from cold draughts and provide warm bedding, slightly elevated from the cold ground.

2. Minimise bathing: During cold periods, bathing your pet can remove essential oils, exacerbating dry and flaking skin. If bathing is necessary, use a moisturising shampoo or bath wash.

3. Buy a coat or jumper: On cold, windy days, a warm coat can help your pet to stay warm and also guard against dry skin.

4. Brush regularly: Stimulate blood flow and improve your pet's skin condition by brushing frequently during the winter months.

5. Increase meal sizes: In winter, pets expend energy staying warm. Feed them a little extra to help ensure they stay energetic.

6. Keep up fluids: Colder temperatures can dehydrate your pet. Ensure they have access to plenty of drinking water.

7. Provide incentives for exercise: Staying active for animals is important all-year round but often dogs will be more hesitant to go for walks and play outside when temperatures drop. Providing treats for your dogs during walks and exercise can be the motivation they need to join you outside.

 

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