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Are you starting to feel the winter blues? A deeper chill in the air in the evening, and a reluctance to get out of bed in the mornings? Chances are your pets have begun to feel the same - especially if you happen to have older animals in your home.
Just as we humans have plenty of options to stay warm in winter, there are plenty of ways to keep your pets comfortable in winter as well. So, follow Pet Circle's guide to health and winter pet care, and get ready to enjoy the cooler months as much as you do the warmer months.
Dr. Carla Paszkowski and Dr. Kimberley Chainey are our resident vets and are available to answer any questions you may have regarding vet prescribed nutrition for your pets
This can include common problems such as:
For older dogs in particular, arthritis and other joint pain issues can flare up during the colder months. Though it can be painful, arthritis is manageable with a variety of products, from chewable treats to supplement powders and much more. Other health problems may include dry flaky skin, which can be helped with an assortment of creams and supplements.Shop arthritis treatment Shop skin care
Pull out the winter woollies! Perhaps one of the easiest ways to keep your pet warm when the temperatures drop is by wrapping them up in a cosy jumper, coat or raincoat to help with body temperature regulation. These are great for short-coated dog breeds as well as puppies and elderly dogs, who are most likely to feel the cold.Shop our range of dog jumpers
While many of us are driven to exercise throughout winter to achieve a "summer body", it's important to exercise your pet too. Rather than hiding under blankets all day, warm up with a walk or run in the park - and get some much-appreciated Vitamin D in the process, too! If less daylight hours are putting you off, why not check out some glow-in-the-dark play toys, or an LED light-up collar, lead, or dog tag?Shop dog toys Shop cat toys
A long coat on a dog is no problem in winter, provided that it is well-maintained and groomed. A well-groomed coat will keep your dog properly insulated, which is very important if they spend a lot of time outdoors. Dog jumpers can also tangle your dog's coat, so be sure to brush it out in between wears. When it comes to shampoos, go for ultra-moisturising varieties to prevent your pet's skin from drying out in the cold air.Shop grooming for dogs Shop grooming for cats