Keep your pet happy

2016-06-07 06:00

WE take extra care of ourselves in winter, why shouldn't we do the same for our pets? Here's your guide to pet care in winter.

Like you, your pet needs warmth and extra care during winter. Here are a few tips to help your pet get through the colder weather and keep their spark:

· Take them to the vet to ensure that all their vaccinations are up to date.

· Keep an eye on them when they lie close to the heater or fireplace and make sure their tail doesn't come in contact with the heating coils or flames.

· Check the kennel for cracks that could leak or become draughty on wet and windy days. Remember that kennels should be raised above the ground to prevent water getting in when it rains.

Purrfect skin

· Your pet's skin will tend to become dry in winter, so brush their coat regularly to stimulate the natural oils in the skin and to remove dead hair.

· Shampoo your pet during winter too. This helps to reduce dryness and other skin problems.
Make sure you dry themm properly afterwards though – use a hairdryer on a low temperature setting.

Must I increase their food intake during winter?
"Animals use more energy during winter to keep them warm. As a result, there may be a slight to significant increase in energy needs," says veterinarian Dr Guy Fyvie.

"However, don't increase the food intake by more than 10% compared with their normal diet."

Dr Fyvie suggests you use the feeding guide printed on the packaging of his food as a guide.
"Adapt the amount to suit your pet's needs. If they start putting on weight, perhaps decrease his food. Or if they start to lose weight, increase the amount you would normally feed them".
- Women24

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