Winter tips for older pets
Winter can be a tricky time for our older animals with arthritis- the cold can be hard on joints, it is icy outside, and melting snow can be hazardous inside. Here are a few little things you can do to help your critter out. For both dogs and cats, make sure you trim their nails regularly. Long toe nails can be uncomfortable for a pet and make it even harder for them to get around. If you are uncomfortable doing this, we are more than happy to help you out. Consider shoveling parts of your yard so your dog does not have to trudge through deep layers of snow. If you have a deck, clear a path here as well- packed down snow can be very uneven and slippery which can be difficult for your pet to navigate. If your dog has trouble with hardwood, tile, or linoleum floors, try using infant socks on their feet. These socks usually have rubber grippers on the bottoms which can help keep your pet from slipping. Just make sure your dog isn’t the type who will eat the socks. If you have a cat, consider moving litter boxes to the level where he/she spends most of their time. As cats get older and more arthritic, going up or down stairs to reach the litter box can be hard to do. If your pet seems to be uncomfortable or painful, there are also several supplements, medications, or physical therapy options available that any of our staff could discuss with you.
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