Just like you, it’s possible for your pets to come down with a case of the winter blues. Even if you live in a warmer climate, the change of seasons can usher in the same moods in your pets that impact you. Here are a few ways to beat the blues with your furry friends.
- Brightening the lights in your home will help your dogs and cats get a little peppier. Even if they can’t go out in the cold, opening the drapes or blinds and letting a little sunshine in will boost their moods. For reptiles, it’s best to keep balanced heat and light cycles throughout the year.
- Keep things playful and active. For your dog, a little tug-of-war or wrestling can be a good workout. For your cat, drag an enticing object around by tying a favorite toy to string and pulling it through your home.
- Recalculate the amount of food your pet needs. If they are outside during the cold weather, they may need extra calories to keep warm. If they spend most of their time indoors, consider scaling back their portions.
The relatively low humidity in your home during the winter months can pose problems for your furry friends. When a house is heated, the relative humidity typically drops, especially when using wood or gas heat sources. In dogs, the low humidity can cause respiratory problems and eventually develop into kennel cough or tracheobronchitis. A simple humidifier can help ease the condition, and vaccinations are available for kennel cough.
If you have introduced a new pet to your home this holiday season, here are a few tips to help smoothly transition into this exciting and enjoyable addition to your family.
- Put a cozy bed in every room to help keep your pet off the furniture.
- Until your pet learns the house rules, don’t let them stay in rooms unsupervised.
- Use dog crates or gates to confine your new dog when they’re home alone.
- Provide safe things to chew on.
Did you know that scented items like candles, potpourri, incense and other products containing volatile/ essential oils can cause either stimulation or depression of a pet bird’s central nervous system? Birds are very susceptible to the effects of inhaled volatile toxins. Strong fragrances have the potential to cause irritation to your bird. The length of exposure and the strength of the scent can factor into the severity of the bird’s reaction.mothers-time-of-transformations