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Keeping Our Senior Pets Comfortable This Winter

DrAish June 18, 2012 Dr Aish, Health, Hot Topics
Keeping Our Senior Pets Comfortable This Winter

The autumn leaves are falling and the cold winds are blowing. Winter is on its way. With the turn of the seasons some of our senior pets, especially those with arthritis, are starting to feel the chill in their bones. Ensure your pet is kept comfortable this winter with a few simple suggestions.

Just like senior people, older pets don’t like draughts. Position their bed in a cosy position and block off any draughts. Those old bones need a little extra padding as well (especially larger dogs). There are dog beds available that are especially designed for seniors to provide support for bony elbows and hips.

During winter we often feel like the comfort of a warming stew or soup. Your pet will benefit from not eating chilled food straight out of the fridge too. You can bring their food to room temperature or warm by adding a little hot water or placing in the microwave for a few seconds.

A warm wheat pack can also be soothing for tired joints and muscles, especially the hips and lower back of many pets. Take care, some pets won’t complain if the pack is too hot. Always sit with your pet and place your hand under the wheat bag to ensure the temperature is suitable.

If your pet needs a little more support please see your vet to discuss supplements and treatments to make your pet’s retiring years comfortable.

Article by Dr Aish Ryan from Vets at Home mobile veterinary clinic

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