When the temperature drops, just like us, dogs need care to stay healthy and warm. Not all dogs are created equal when it comes to cold weather tolerance. Whether you have a dog that spends a lot of time outside or just goes out for a couple of quick walks, they need help to avoid cold-weather health hazards. Keep these basic tips in mind during the cold winter months.
You can purchase a coat for your dog that is designed to fit your pup’s size and breed. If your dog has a thin fur coat or is susceptible to cold, layer up. Dog jackets are pretty easy to get on and off. And, your dog will stay safer bundled up.
Protect Those Paws
There are extra hazards in the winter time to your pet’s feet besides the cold. Ice can be sharp and and cut your dog’s feet. In cold weather states municipalities routinely spread sodium, calcium, or potassium chloride to melt ice. These ice melting chemicals that are spread on the road and pavement may irritate or burn pet paws. Consider pet boots if you are walking your pet in these conditions.
We tend to think dogs are more likely to get dehydrated in the hot summer weather. This is not necessarily true. Winter brings very dry weather. And, dogs lose their body moisture through their breath, especially from panting. Since you aren’t feeling the heat as much this time of year, it’s easy to forget the importance of staying hydrated. Make sure your dog gets plenty of water before and after walks. There should always be a water bowl available to your pet.
Fleas and Ticks
Cold weather and snow tend to kill off most pests. However, fleas and ticks like to seek warm shelter in winter. And since your house is nice and cozy that might be where they end up. Don’t forget flea and tick inspections and preventative medications in the winter. Excessive itching on top of already dry winter skin can be very harmful to a dog.
Watch Out for Overfeeding
During the cold weather walks and exercise may be briefer. Cold temperatures may bring on lazier behavior and the need for fewer calories. Be attentive to your dog’s activity level and adjust calorie intake accordingly. A high quality, whole food based diet will help ensure a healthy coat and good energy for the cold winter months.
Keep Your Pet Warm
Keeping your pet warm and comfortable is important during the cold winter season. Provide your dog with a warm padded bed in an indoor location or even placing a blanket in his or her bed can help keep your pet’s joints warm and mobile. Pet clothing can also help to keep the joints warm. Put your dog in a dog sweater or jacket when it is really cold outside. Avoid leaving your pet outside for long periods of time during the winter.
People who suffer from joint pain will often tell you they feel more pain during the cold winter months. It is believed that the cause of this is the drop in barometric pressure, which can cause inflammation and tissue to swell. Cold has the same effect on muscle, a stiffening that can cause discomfort even for those who do not suffer from joint issues. The same holds true for our pets that suffer from joint pain and arthritis. When the temperature drops we see that they move slowly because they are feeling more pain.
How Flexpet Helps
Flexpet contains the most effective Glucosamine and MSM. And, Flexpet is the only pet supplement that contains cetyl myristoleate (CM8). This is a naturally-occurring compound that is used for the treatment of arthritis and other joint pain issues. Studies found that mammals like mice who naturally produce cetyl myristoleate are immune to arthritis. CM8 is the key ingredient in Flexpet. It is what sets Flexpet apart from other pet supplements.
Flexpet is a safe and all-natural way to help improve your dog’s joint function and quality of life. Flexpet has been on the market for 15 years and is recommended by veterinarians. Flexpet has over 100 reviews on Amazon from verified purchasers. And furthermore, Flexpet is made from all-natural human-grade ingredients in the USA.
Flexpet is available in two forms – as a delicious maximum-strength soft chew treat and as a chewable tablet. Both forms are tasty treats to our pets so they won’t even know they’re taking a supplement.
At Flexpet, we care about you and your pets. We want to help you keep them as healthy as possible. We have a fantastic and knowledgeable customer care team available to answer any of your questions about our joint supplement products and how they may help your dog or cat. Flexpet is so confident it is the best joint supplement for dogs and cats it comes with a 90-day money-back satisfaction guarantee. Our Flexpet joint care supplements have excellent reviews on social media. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, email, or by phone at 1-800-505-0575.