by A. Grano on November 18th, 2011 at 7:00 am
For some parts of the country, temperatures are beginning to drop. Similar to us, our pets’ immune system functions best when proper nutrition, rest, and exercise are in harmony.
Therefore, making sure your pet is in top form prior to travel and harsh weather can help carry on health as the seasons change.
- Most likely, if your pet is kept indoors more, he or she will be exercising less and will require smaller portions of food. However, if he or she stays outdoors often, additional food will be needed to produce body heat.
- Abrupt changes in temperature can wreak havoc on tender paws and feet. Ice and salt used to treat sidewalks and roads can cause severe stress and discomfort, so care should be taken to provide relief for your little ones. Always wipe paws after a walk or spending time outdoors, and try an ointment or lotion to keep paws in top condition.
- Natural remedies such as Calendula officinalis and Plantago lanceolata are known for soothing and conditioning pets’ paws and pads, preventing bruising, cracking and infection, while encouraging healing of small cuts and wounds and reducing inflammation. Keep your pet properly groomed, as matted hair will not protect against the cold.
- Exposure to harsh weather can also cause skin irritation. In addition, snowfall on the ground can conceal rough surfaces, debris, or other hazards. Hamamelis virginianum, Melissa officinalis, and Urtica urens are great for cleaning and disinfecting minor wounds, cuts, and scrapes, and also help disinfect fungal infections or contact with poison ivy (whose oil can still be present this time of year on dead or decaying leaves).
- Lastly, but of great importance: be aware of your pet’s surroundings. Many people think the garage is a safe haven for pets during cold winter months. However, antifreeze is a common hazard to pets, as both dogs and cats are attracted to its sweet flavor. The chemical can be toxic in even small quantities, so be sure to check your car’s radiator and secure all supplies stored around the garage. Furthermore, be cautious about carbon monoxide. Never warm or start up your car in a confined space like the garage without first removing your pet.
By taking a little extra care at the start of the season, you can provide a strong foundation of health, wellness, and happiness for your pet in the year ahead.
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