How to keep your Pet snug, safe and warm this Winter!

How to keep your Pet snug, safe and warm this Winter!

How to keep your Pet snug, safe and warm this Winter! 

Are your pets ready for Winter? Make sure that you’re prepared – here are our TOP WINTER TIPS to prepare your fur friends for the cold months ahead, the time when they need a little extra care!

1. Immunity is STRENGTH!

Believe it or not, our fur babies get the common flu and cold just as we do! Winter means wet fur, a decreased body temperature and susceptibility to all types of health issues. A healthy immune system helps to ensure overall systemic health and protection! And the first line of defense in any fight is to maintain structural integrity – which means taking steps to ensure a supported, healthy immune system.

We all know that prevention is better than cure! Immunity & Liver Support is a natural product formulated especially for dogs and cats. It boosts the immune system and resistance against disease and infection, including viral and bacterial infection. Immunity & Liver Support also acts as a natural antibiotic (without the negative effects!) and can be used to speed up healing when your pet’s health is poorly. Immunity & Liver Support is definitely a must have for the pet medicine chest!

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 2. Protect those joints (yes, cat's too)!

In the cold weather, joints stiffen up and are less prone to movement. Although there is no cure for arthritis, certain things can be done to alleviate the pain. Here are some things pet parents can do:

  • Protect your pets from slipping on wet surfaces
  • Make sure they stay active – daily walks for dogs, and playtime for cats will help to keep their joints moving and supple (and yours too!)
  • Keep them warm! An extra blanket in the kennel, a rug to lie on inside and a cat or dog bed will all help to stop the chill getting into your pet’s bones. Remember that cold will increase discomfort, especially for pets that already have joint problems.
  • Take extra care when exercising your pets in winter. Let them warm up gently with a slow walk before going on that run.
  • Be informed about the unwanted side effects of prescription anti-inflammatories and cortisone - so readily prescribed to ease joint pain! Natural alternatives can make all the difference without the health risks! Try MobiLive Pets in the Feelgood Pets range as well as a daily supplement of Vondi’s Diatomaceous Earth added to your dog or cat’s food.

 3. Watch the coats!

As Winter brings that extra wetness, make sure that you regularly groom your pet’s coat to avoid knots and matted hair. Too cold for a bath? Definitely not! Get your fur friend an all-natural shampoo for bath times as well as a conditioner to brush out any excess clumps of fur and get rid of any unwanted tangles! If you keep your pet’s coat in good shape during winter, spring moulting will be that much easier to cope with! Feelgood Pets Skin & Coat Tonic is a natural herbal supplement to keep your dog and cat’s skin and fur in tip top condition!

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4. Banish the sneezing & sniffing!

Upper respiratory infections are common in Winter. Watch out for a slight cough, wetter noses, fatigue or lethargy. Treat your pet to warm meals on those cold winter nights to get them ready for a snuggly night’s sleep (not too warm)!

Some pet respiratory infections to look out for in winter are Kennel Cough, various strains of Cat ‘Flu and asthma (common in the cold winter air). Protect against infection with Feelgood Pets' Immunity & Liver Support (remember what we said about prevention being better than cure?) and if your dog or cat becomes ill, look for natural help in the form of specially formulated remedies like KC-Defense (Kennel Cough), FeliSafe (Cat ‘Flu), and Respo-K (for dogs and cats with asthma and other respiratory problems causing difficult breathing).

5. Indoors or outdoors? 

It is healthy for your pet to get exposed to fresh air as often as possible. However, in Winter, this can be risky if they are left unsupervised outside for too long in icy weather. We recommend that your pet’s activities are monitored as much as possible and that you combine healthy outside time with the appropriate caution. if they have been outside in the rain, it is important that they are dried off properly. For pets with heart problems, keep their blood pumping by taking them on supervised slow walks to strengthen their heart muscles and use a natural remedy like Feelgood Pets' Heart & Circulation Tonic – a homeopathic pet heart tonic.

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6. To shave or not to shave? 

Longer coats provide more warmth so we advise that you do not shave your pet down to the skin, especially in Winter. If your fur friend has long hair, simply trim the ends to keep the fur from becoming matted! If you are worried about any skin conditions or if the fur seems to be falling out, with bald patches, we recommend that you give your dog or cat a course of Feelgood Pets' Skin & Coat Tonic – which supports dog and cat skin health and shiny coats!

7. Keep bathing to a minimum!

Try and bath your pet as little as possible during the Winter Season - however remember that your fur friend still needs to be kept clean, especially as they can get quite smelly with all the damp fur! When bathing your pet make sure that it’s during the daytime and inside if possible. Avoid all the nasty chemicals found in commercial pet shampoos and try Natura Pet Shampoos and conditioners for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

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8. Take care of those snouts and paws!

Don’t be fooled! The ice and cold can actually cut your dog’s snout as well as their paws (poor things!) as they are highly sensitive parts of their little fur bodies. If your dog’s nose or paws are crusty, cracked or dry, apply an eco-friendly snout and paw balm and let the healing begin! We love Natura Pets all natural eco-friendly Snout and Paw Balm to heal and condition your dog and cat’s paws and noses.

9. Hydration is a must! 

Always remember to keep your fur friend hydrated by providing plenty of fresh water - as they are just as susceptible to dehydration in winter as they are in summer!

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10. Last but not least!

The best part of winter is that it provides lots of opportunities for cozy snuggles in front of fires and heaters. Love and snuggles are always important, but make sure you do not leave your dog or cat unattended in front of fires and unprotected heaters. Cats, especially, can get too close to fires and singe their fur and skin badly while they doze off in the heat!

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