Autumnal Pet Care Tips from Top Pet Nutritionist
Autumn is almost here and already the temperatures are dropping. So it’s time to think about pet care for the season ahead.
The fur of cats and dogs protects from moisture, heat, cold, UV rays and injuries. In the winter, it is important that you support this protection and keep it in good condition. While we take care of our winter clothes hang our coats, scarves and gloves when we return home, your four-legged friends can’t do this with their winter fur unfortunately. The constant change between warm air and moisture and walking in the cold can cause dry skin, itching and a dull, brittle coat. Ensure you groom their coat, AniForte Coconut Oil supports soft and smooth skin and adds shine to dull coats and makes them much easier to groom.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common diseases for dogs and colder weather can aggravate symptoms. The condition is no longer a symptom of ageing, but affects dogs both young and old. Beware of hard floors and excessive exercise, games and sporting activities in the first year of life increase the likelihood for the formation of joint arthritis. Food supplements made up of green lipped mussel and collagen offer natural support, especially in acute phases, they ease symptoms quickly. Other important herbs for joint disorders are willow bark, devil’s claw, meadowsweet, nettle and ginger, to relieve pain and inflammation. Oils with a high content of Omega 3 such as Salmon Oil contain fatty acids that also support the anti-inflammatory process.
It’s a common assumption that dogs and cats need to eat more in colder weather but this is dependent on your pet’s lifestyle. Keep an eye on your dog’s weight and bear in mind if they are exercising less, they might actually need less food in the winter months if they are staying inside more/going on less walks. However cats and dogs that do spend long periods of time outdoors during winter may require additional food.
In autumn, Rosehip is everywhere, the wild rose is a super fruit and can really help keep your pet healthy and moving through the autumn and winter. Rose hips contain twenty times more vitamin C than a comparable amount of lemons. The red fruits are a real pick-me-up and perfect to strengthen the defenses and prevent infection – such as the unpleasant kennel cough in dogs, especially in the cold season. In addition to vitamin C rose hips provide your animal with vitamins A and E, as well as vitamins of the B complex and vitamins K and P. The bright fruits are a real nutrient bomb and even support blood circulation. It also works against inflammation of the joints.
Create warm areas
Be aware that cats cosy up in warm places, the problem with this is their tendency to climb into vehicle engines for warmth. Creating safe alternative hot spots at home will keep them in sight and out of harm’s way, put beds nearer radiators or use hot water bottles under blankets. Short coat dog breeds with little hair on their tummies are also vulnerable to catching a chill. Access to an insulated doghouse, garage or shed when temperatures drop will help keep your dog warm. Always keep blankets in your dog’s bed and limit time outside late at night in lowest temperatures.