When the weather changes each season, it’s important to make sure you make any adjustments in the care of your pet, just like we as humans adjust the type of clothing that we wear. Winter Pet Care, especially in areas where the temperatures plummet, is especially important.
Cuddles, like me, has joint issues. The cold weather makes her stiff and can cause her pain in her joints. We give her hip & joint “treats” once per day to help alleviate her pain. If it gets too bad, we have a prescription medication from her vet that we can give her as needed. You’ll want to consult your vet to make sure you are buying the most appropriate ingredients for your pet.
Cuddles HATES the cold, but she also doesn’t enjoy wearing boots or a coat. We don’t typically dress her in pet outfits because it’s not something she likes. However, when the temperatures are below freezing, we do put a coat and pet boots on her when she goes outside. If the snow is too deep, the kids will shovel an area down to the grass for her, because she doesn’t like to “go” when she can’t see grass. It also prevents the snow from getting embedded in her fur, and it does sometimes accumulate so deep that the snow is deeper than she is tall :
Paw Balm and Skin Treatment:
We’ve noticed that sometimes Cuddles paws get dry in the winter, just like our skin gets dry. There are many varieties of paw butter, paw balm, and other products that you can get at your local pet store, to keep their paws and skin healthy. It’s MUCH less expensive to use these as a preventative than to incur bills if a problem gets too bad. Our cat stays indoors, and doesn’t encounter the same issues the dog does, but we do check her skin frequently, just to make sure she’s ok 🙂
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