Most senior living communities allow pets on the premises, so just send in a request if you’re thinking of having your furry buddy join in the fun at your apartment. As you get ready for the change of seasons, your lovely pets will also have to get set for the shift in temperatures. In this article, we will share with you some tips to prepare your pets for outdoor weather. The tips in this article aren’t difficult to follow but they do require a certain amount of attention. Let’s get started!
Ease or Adjust into the Activity Level
Whether it’s the shift in temperatures from warm to cold or vice versa, both animals and human beings will need to ease into or adjust their activity levels. Never rush your pet to over-commit for long-distance walks or intense exercises.
For example, as the weather gradually warms up, progress slowly to increase distance or plan a mild-level hiking session. As you bid goodbye to spring and welcome summer, look out for signs of overheating and ensure that the pavements are not scorching hot to walk on.
Watch Out For Fleas, Ticks, and Allergies
Unfortunately, bugs and ticks love our furry friends so much that they often find themselves thriving in the fur of our pets. This is bad news because fleas can cause allergies and inflammation if left unattended. Other than using flea combs and natural remedies, be sure to vacuum daily and keep your home clean.
Dust and pollens are unavoidable during warm seasons and can be a danger to your precious pets if they are susceptible to such particles. According to a veterinary expert, you should send your pet to the clinic if you find them with rashes, swelling, irritation, or even sneezing. Clear discharge from their eyes or nostrils can also be a telltale sign.
Send Your Pets for Professional Grooming
One good way to prevent allergies from worsening is to schedule your pets for regular professional grooming at least once a month or every six weeks.
While you should still keep up frequent brushing at home, the trained staff at the vets can suggest the right products and treatments to ensure your pets are ready to survive the variance in outdoor weather. It’s also a great time to review the condition of your pets and follow up with the necessary actions should there be a need to.
Check and Customize Their Food Amounts
Based on the activity level, you can customize your furry buddies’ food amounts accordingly. When the weather changes from spring to summer, you may be taking more extended walks or even hikes in the neighborhood. Just as you need to replenish your energy, your pets will also need the necessary water intake and foods for strength.
During winter where there’s a decrease in outdoor activities and more resting indoors, you can cut down on their food amounts accordingly. Be sure to check that their drinking water is not frozen from the drastic decrease in temperatures.
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to prepare your pets for outdoor weather. However, it does require some thought and consideration so your furry friends can ease into the shifts in temperatures and enjoy life for a long time together with you!