The days are short this time of year. They can also be cold and dreary. All of these things can certainly have an effect on you, but did you know they can have the same kind of effect on your pets? Here are a few tips to help you both make it through the winter.
Just like you, your pets need natural light. The numeral endocrine system is affected when your pet doesn’t get enough sun. Your pet can get some light through a glass window, and they do make ultraviolet — admitting plastic windows. But being out in the natural light is the best, so walk your pet in the sunlight as much as possible.
Waling a dog in winter is much easier than a cat. But your cat needs sunlight as well. So make sure that when you leave for work that there is a window that they can get near and lay in the sun. Also if the weather does warm up a bit in some day open a window to give them some fresh air, even if it is only for 30 minutes or so they will be so happy you did.
When you walk your pet in the winter, you need to wipe your pet’s paws when you get back. The products that people use to melt snow and ice can be harmful to your pets. Also pets are sensitive to the cold so you might want to let your pet care growing longer in the winter months, it helps them keep warmer. Also in cold weather you should not keep your pet outside. If they are normally an outside pet when the weather is extremely cold you do need to bring t hem out of the elements.
Some days it the weather may be just too bad for you and your pet to brave some exercise outside. But even if the weather is bad your pet still needs to get exercise. Utilize your stairs, both of you and run up and down them until one of you gets tired. Even cats like to play this game, and everyone get some exercise, even you.
You always hear the warning in the summer about the dangers of a pet inside a hot car. But you must also be careful in the winter as well. A pet should never be left unattended in a car in the winter because they could freeze to death. Just like a refrigerator holds cold air inside so can your car, allowing your precious pet to get very cold and possibly freeze.
The cold months can be a great time for you to bond with your pet as well. What better time to sit and cuddle up with your pet than on a cold blustery day. If you are watching a TV or reading a book, they will enjoy sitting right next to you and feel your warmth and love. This bonding time will be of benefit to both you and your pet attitudes so go enjoy the winter months with your pet