Winter isn’t exactly brutal in Montgomery, but that doesn’t mean we don’t experience our share of ice, wind, and freezing temps. Although people may enjoy the seasonal change and relish the opportunity to wear boots and sweaters, senior pets are more likely to experience aches and pains, flare-ups of chronic conditions, or even depression.
As the temps drop this time of year, let Carriage Hills Animal Hospital help you tackle winter senior pet care with our expert tips!
Winter Senior Pet Care
Older pets benefit from a little extra TLC during colder weather. Help your senior pet stay safe and healthy with the following recommendations:
- Senior pets should receive wellness exams at least twice a year. If we haven’t seen your pet in a while, schedule a winter “tune-up” to make sure they’re in great health and to discuss any concerns you might have.
- Colder weather can make arthritic pets extra stiff and sore. Talk with your veterinarian about medications or nutritional supplements that can help, and keep up your pet’s daily exercise routine during the winter months.
- Older pets are prone to malnutrition, especially when it gets cold outside. Make sure your senior has access to plenty of fresh water and high-quality, age-appropriate food. Your veterinarian is happy to discuss portion control and other nutritional concerns to ensure your pet doesn’t gain any weight (which could further aggravate joint problems).
Warm and Cozy
Older dogs and cats are much more sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity than younger pets, so special care should be taken to ensure they stay as warm and as dry as possible.
- Provide plenty of soft, comfortable resting places off the floor.
- Sweaters can help keep your pet warm while outdoors (just be sure to remove them once inside).
- Make your senior pet’s outdoor environment as easy to navigate as possible. This includes clearing any frost or snow that may accumulate on the ground where they normally walk.
- Senior pets are always better off staying indoors on cold days, but if your pet insists on going outside, make sure they have access to warm, dry shelter along with fresh, unfrozen water.
Keeping the Blues Away
Pets can suffer from seasonal depression just like humans, especially when exercise and outdoor time is limited due to inclement weather. Strive to keep up an exercise schedule during the winter, even if it’s just a quick walk down the block or an indoor game of tug-of-war or feather chase. Food puzzles, games, and even obedience training can help stimulate the brain and keep the blues at bay.
Whether the winter season brings snow or sun (or both!), we’re always here to support you and your beloved pet. Please give us a call if you have additional questions about winter senior pet care.