Keeping Our Senior Pets Comfortable This Winter
Our resident vet Dr Aish gives some tips for senior pets in these cooler months.
Winter is on its way. With the turn of the seasons some of our senior pets, especially those with arthritis, will feel the chill in their bones. Ensure your pet is kept comfortable this winter with a few simple suggestions.
Just like senior people, older pets don’t like draughts. Position their bed in a cosy spot and block off any draughts. Those old bones need a little extra padding as well (especially larger dogs). There are dog beds available that are designed for seniors to provide support for bony elbows and hips.
During winter we often feel like the comfort of a warming stew or soup. Your pet can also benefit by eating room temperature food, rather than cold food straight from the fridge. You can bring their food to room temperature or warm by adding a little hot water or placing in the microwave for a few seconds.
A warm wheat pack can also be soothing for tired joints and muscles, especially the hips and lower back of many pets. Take care, some pets won’t complain if the pack is too hot. Always sit with your pet and place your hand under the wheat bag to ensure the temperature is suitable.
If your pet needs a little more support please see your vet to discuss supplements and treatments to make your pet’s retiring years comfortable.
Dr Aish Ryan is a veterinarian, pet owner and pet lover. She runs Vets at Home mobile veterinary clinic in Melbourne. She loves her job and making vet care easier for pets and their owners. Preventative care is a strong focus of her visits and house calls give her more time to get to know her patients and their owners. She combines western medicine with acupuncture, tui na massage, food therapy and lifestyle advice for optimum care.
Dr Aish shares her life with 3 fur babies, 1 dog and 2 cats. Her day doesn’t feel like it has started until her dog has been walked. At night she turns quietly on the bed so she doesn’t wake the cat. She thinks we can all learn a lot about the important things in life from our pets.