Published on February 22nd, 2019 | by Natural Awakenings Northern New Jersey0
Winterize Pets for Optimum Health
The holidays are over, and our pets experience many of the same emotions we do. They are aware of the hustle to prepare for the holidays and the letdown when all is done. They are sensitive to our excitement and boredom, and get cabin fever.
To combat the winter doldrums, engage in interactive activities with pets. Pets appreciate play all year-round. In fact, most dogs enjoy being outside, even in the cold. Try to continue to walk a dog, play fetch, Frisbee or just snuggle more on the couch. To protect dogs’ paws from the effects of the cold, apply a carrier oil base (similar to waxing skis) to the paws before going outside and a gentle moisturizer daily. Also, when walking dogs, vary the route regularly, as it keeps the activity interesting for them.
Cats may appreciate a few minutes of a cat dancer, or laser light. They don’t tend to embrace overt play as enthusiastically as dogs, but still enjoy a good snuggle on the bed or the couch.
Colder weather may exacerbate joint pain and arthritis. If a pet seems stiff or achy, consider natural supplements that contain ingredients such as chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine or MSM, and medical-grade essential oils.
Just as our skin gets dry in the winter, our pets may also get dry, flaky or scaly. Supplement both dogs and cats with a fish oil and vitamin supplement to relieve dry, itchy skin and brighten the coat. A fish oil supplement may be given to both dogs and cats.
Boost mood for the entire household, cleanse the air of winter viruses and germs and keep the home germ-free by diffusing cheery, uplifting essential oils or essential oil blends. Cleanse the air of winter viruses and germs and keep the home germ-free by diffusing safe and effective essential oils.
Dr. Mia Frezzo is an integrative veterinarian and owner of the Animal Hospital of Hasbrouck Heights, located at 180 Boulevard. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 201-288-7800 or visit VetInHeights.com or SpoilYourPeteo.com.