So far winter has given us highs and low slights, but no doubt the mornings have gotten colder, just like nights. That’s why we should consider that although some days there is sun, the cold can affect our pets.
In this context, Rodrigo Núñez, commercial manager of Southpoint, importer and distributor of premium food, gives some recommendations when it comes to taking care of the cold to our cats and dogs.
Not everyone has fur for the cold
Although animals have natural protection (fur and grease), sometimes it is not enough. It should be considered that the cold does not affect everyone equally, for example, dogs of Nordic breeds have a thick layer of fat and a very bushy fur, but those with short hair and small hair suffer with greater intensity.
Age and state of health
Like humans, in elderly dogs and cats it is very common to suffer from joint problems, such as osteoarthritis at the lumbar level, pathologies that always worsen with the intense cold. It is important to shelter them when they are on the street or go out into the garden.
Also sick animals and puppies are more sensitive to cold, so it is important to protect them, as their immune system is not sufficiently prepared. It’s important to check for vaccinations up to date and keep an eye out for symptoms such as decay, congestion, or lack of appetite.
Sudden temperature changes should be avoided. It is advisable that the dog or cat is not too close to a heat bulb, and that it does not go out on the street during times of maximum cold.
Nutrition should always be balanced. Outdoor pets often eat a little more in winter to generate heat.
Walks and clothes
Do not suspend daily walks, but do them at less cold hours and covered with vests. To look for clothes that protect them from the cold, you should consider the size of our pet so that the garment does not bother you in your daily routine. There are specialized brands that offer dog coats of various sizes, colors and textures including waterproofs to protect them from rain.
The Southpoint expert adds that “when choosing pet clothing you should measure the spine, from the base of the neck to the birth of the tail. The garment should be considered to cover all the back so that it really protects it from the cold.”
If pets sleep outside, make sure they are not wet and that it is a covered space. Moisture is one of the pet’s worst enemies, so if your dog or cat gets wet in the rain, you should dry it quickly. This will prevent cooling and typical annoying odors.