Winter care for your pets
There’s almost nothing more adorable than a dog (or cat) in a chic knitted jumper, and a quick scroll through Instagram confirms that as fact. But beyond making a fashion statement, there are plenty of other things you should be thinking about when it comes to keeping your pets comfy and warm during winter.
DO top up the water bowlIt may seem obvious, but when it’s not sweltering hot it can be harder to remember to refill the water bowl. If your pets spend a lot of time indoors, it’s especially important they have access to water as any heating can dehydrate them quickly. On average, dogs require 50ml of water per body kilogram daily.
DON’T forego groomingThere’s no denying dogs with fluffy coats look like they’ve got winter all worked out. But your pet still needs to be groomed all year round. Leaving dogs and cats coats to grow long over winter can sometimes lead to skin problems and matting – not to mention the long hours of brushing, trying to get knots out. Ensure your pet is comfortable and continue to get them clipped to a manageable length.
DO create a cosy sleep spaceIs your pet likely to snuggle with you at night – or are they strictly outside-sleepers? Ensuring they’re comfortable (and warm) during their daily and nightly snooze-fest is essential throughout this chilly weather. It’s important to remember that older and shorthaired dogs are more susceptible to the chill.
DON’T forget the vetOf course, all pets need their regular checkups, especially if they’re pushing elderly status. Twice yearly checkups are important for early detection of disease and illness. It’s estimated that 20% of dogs and 33% of cats suffer from arthritis, and the cold can exacerbate the symptoms. See your vet if you think they’re in pain.
DO brave the elementsOkay, we’re not saying you should take Fido for a run in a hailstorm, but winter’s frosty climate is no excuse for staying indoors. Ensure your dog gets enough exercise to prevent boredom and keep them at a healthy weight.
If you’re living in an apartment and keen to have a furry friend by your side, make sure you familiarise yourself with the strata by-laws of the building first. Rules vary from state-to-state in Australia, but generally, pets are allowed to live in apartments once approval has been granted from the Owners Corporation and it may be subject to special conditions or restrictions.
Good news - Lendlease Apartments are generally pet-friendly!