Temperatures are starting to drop as winter approaches. It’s nearly time for crackling fires, hot drinks and warm coats! Luckily winter does not last long in Queensland, and many people believe our pets don’t need anything extra during this time, however , some of our fur babies may need an extra layer or two, especially if they are accustomed to living indoors. 

Some pets might find it a bit more challenging getting around during these colder months due to arthritis, so what can we do as pet owners to keep them safe, healthy and make their lives a little easier during the winter months? Here are our top tips! 

Better bedding:

As the weather gets cooler, you might notice your pet is spending more time snuggled up in their bed. You can make a few simple adjustments to their bedding to ensure they are properly protected from the cold. Make sure your pet’s bed is away from drafts and elevated off cold, hard surfaces. You should raise the bed off the ground and add an extra blanket for warmth and comfort. 

Keep on moving:

It's always easy to stay indoors during winter, safely snuggled under a warm blanket. But your pets still need exercise and stimulation. Keep playing indoors with soft toys or a ball to get the blood, and your pets moving!

If you are feeling brave, grab the lead, put on your winter gear and head out for a walk together! Your dog will still love the joy of their walk even if it’s a bit colder, and you will feel better for the exercise too. 

Older Pet care:

As senior dogs have more sensitive joints, and when the temperature drops, these aches and pains (like our own) can be much more painful and require more care and attention. 

Signs of pain or discomfort include stiffness, chewing or licking certain joints, difficulty walking up or down stairs, eating slowly and noticeable behavioural changes.

Pet owners should be mindful of giving them age-appropriate exercise regularly to keep their muscles supple and encourage blood circulation. 

Regular Vet Health & Wellness checks.

It's a good idea to book your pets in for a health check-up with Baybreeze Family Vet Clinic. The cold weather can lower pets’ immune system, making them more susceptible to health problems. 

For elderly pets, check-ups every six months are recommended to make sure any health problems are detected early and efficiently treated.

If you are unsure if your pet is within the healthy weight range, suffers from any joint or mobility issues, or would just like to book a general check-up, please feel free to contact us at (07) 3103 8432 or send us an email at info@baybreezevets.com.au. We would be more than happy to have a friendly chat and provide you with expert veterinary advice.