Care tips to look after your pets in Autumn!
The cooler weather is picking up in Australia with March 1st being our first autumn day and as it becomes time for socks, hot chocolate and cranking up the heater, you need to re-think your pets’ comfort as well. The 1st of June declares the start of the full winter season. In some states, the weather will be much cooler much earlier.
Here are our top transitional tips:
Pets are very lucky to have fur to keep them one but on long walks outside or colder nights, just like us they benefit from an additional layer of warmth and protection. This is mostly important for cats and dogs with thin, short hair. Make sure to find the adequate coat if you are planning to have the heater on at home.
As the thermometer shows lower digits, your pet might start to snuggle more and their bed might not be warm enough if you live in one of our cooler states. Nowadays there are so many options – wool, thermal, heated, orthopaedic – with this array of choices, you are certain to make a great choice. You can also raise their bed slightly for them to avoid cold floors, this is particularly important for older pets who suffer from joint issues.
When your pet spends time outside, they might enjoy the cooler weather as that means longer walks and a more temperate climate to enjoy. Make sure that your pets have protection from the elements and get the right gear to do your activities – waterproof and machine washable equipment will make it so much easier for you to dry everything and be back out the next day. It can be tempting to stay in during the cooler months of the year but this might cause your pet to get bored and become destructive, so keep on moving!
Both cats and dogs are tempted to seek warmth as the temperature goes down, make sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t suffer any burns from heaters, fireplaces or other pieces of equipment. Pet heating pads are a safe way to keep your pet’s bed warm.
Elderly dogs or canines with conditions
Cooler weather can make it more difficult for olders pets to thrive, as it can make conditions such as arthritis worse. Your vet will be able to recommend the right regime for this situation – keep hydration up, have plenty of premium food at home and stock up on their medications.
Some dogs might need extra calories so they can support the extra energy they need to fight the cold, while other dogs become less active so they need less calories or they may gain weight. In either case, feed your dog our recommended amount and watch their weight, in case of observed changes, consult your vet for some assistance. In the event of having a more active dog burning more calories during the cooler months of the year – consider shifting to a product such as our Working Dog Kangaroo & Turkey flavour.
In conclusion, make sure your pet is warm and comfortable. If you notice your pet is showing signs of discomfort, you should take them to their vet for a check or increase the layers they can rest in. Signs of pain or discomfort include stiffness, chewing or licking joints, difficulty walking up or down stairs, eating slowly and noticeable behavioural changes.