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November 2016: The Essential Guide to Keeping Your Pet Safe this Winter

With winter just around the corner, we all start to notice those cooler breezes and grab for that extra blanket at night, including our fur friends. Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilling rain and snow can cause chapped paws, itchy, flaking skin, stiff joints and more for our beloved pets. To help prevent the cold weather from affecting you pet’s health and wellbeing, keep reading as we unveil the essential guide to keeping your pet safe this winter. 

Dog Running in Snow

1. Don’t Forget to Exercise

Exercise feeds the joints by pumping natural lubrication into the areas being used. Gentle exercise keeps joints limber, as well as assists with keeping your pet fit and healthy. Joints can stiffen after naps, especially in the cooler months. Therefore, try to continue your usual walk routine with your pet over the winter period, just don’t forget your jackets!

2. Bring a Towel On Long Walks

When taking your dog for a walk, ensure you have a dry towel handy for when you get back to the car or house. Use the towel to dry off potential damp, stinging or irritated paws. Where warm water is available, it is also best to wash your pet’s feet and stomach to remove any dirty water, salt or chemicals you may have come across on your walk. 

3. Apply Flea Preventatives Even in Winter

Autumn and winter months do no eradicate fleas. Fleas will make home beneath piles of leaves, so proceed with caution. Although fleas may not survive the outdoors in the colder temperatures of some areas, the warmth of homes means fleas gravitate towards indoor comfort where they can affect pets and their homes. Products like Revolution not only kill adult fleas, but also kill flea eggs, larvae and pupae, which survive and thrive inside your home. That’s why it is important to provide year round parasite prevention. 

4. Watch for Aches and Pains

Joint stiffening may just be a result of lessened activity in the winter months, however there is also the potential of arthritis in older pets. To prevent and manage your pet’s joint pain, CanadaVet has a range of Joint Supporting Supplements. We recommend Sasha’s Blend Powder, Joint Guard, or PAW Osteocare Joint Health Chews. These products are high in glucosamine, which assists in the control and management of joint pain and arthritis.

5. Stay Warm

If you have an outside pet, it is very important to ensure you provide a warm and dry place for them to sleep. A WeatherBeeta Fleece Throw Blanket would make a great addition to your pets bedding as its made from cosy anti pill fleece with a strong waterproof base. And on those extra cold nights, you may consider bringing them indoors, especially if you live in a bitterly cold area. No one wants an icicle for a pet – they’re simply not cuddly enough! 

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