Tips for Winter Healthcare

Tips for Winter Healthcare

Healthcare comes in many different forms. It does’t have to be the most advanced, scientifically backed, evidence based statistics attached to a product that you have to do computer searches to find in order to bring the most benefit to your loving companion. As we enter the winter weather season in many parts of our country,  some common sense safety tips can bring as much support for our pets’ health compared to any sophisticated supplement on the market. For instance, some of these salt-type chemicals used to melt snow that get spewed all over the roads and then onto sidewalks can cause nasty irritations to their paws; only making things worse when they lick those paws and ingest the stuff. Having a bowl of tepid water with a wash cloth at their entrance ways or a box of non-toxic wipes can prevent some major health hazards. And speaking about these ice melt products, when you go to purchase some for your own use around the home read labels and make certain you chose ones that clearly indicate they are “pet and environmentally friendly”.

dog in snow

What about winter coats for our pets. Yes, you’ll hear some say, “But animals in the wild never wore coats. Their fur was all the protection they needed.” What I say is domestication has definitely changed some of their natural tendencies, this one being one of them. I have personally witnessed  tremendous benefit and comfort from pet coats and sweatshirts and am a huge fan of them, especially in areas where winter weather hits strong. And besides, like us dressed up, they look “mahvelous”!

One more important wintertime tip. If your home is heated with units delivering dry heat like electric baseboards or forced hot air from oil furnaces, the dry condition can play havoc with their skin and coat, Humidification systems either central and/or per room are a must. I have witnessed so much wintertime itching and flaking just from this factor alone. And adding or increasing the dose of a fish oil supplement also helps tremendously, from inside out. Happy Holidays !

Baths in the Summer for your pet.

Baths in the Summer for your pet.

Warmer weather always means more time outdoors for you and your pets. If your dogs and cats are anything like mine, more time outdoors, also means more baths.

Choosing the soaps and shampoos we use on our pets is actually very important. Some products can contain chemicals or certain substances that may have adverse or harmful reactions. It’s always a good idea to read the labels and only choose those shampoos and soaps containing ingredients such as herbs, aloe vera, or oatmeal.

Not only are these products less harmful, they can actually help keep your pet’s skin and fur healthy.

Spring and Summer Bug Bites

Warmer weather brings bug bites and allergic rashes.  For pets and humans, an inexpensive Aloe vera plant, kept right at home, can be an endless source of soothing medication for many skin irritations. Just break off a small stalk of the plant and squeeze its contents onto any irritated area of the skin.

Aloe vera will soothe the pain and promote healing.