A new pet brings new responsibilities. Just as humans require changes in our habits, when winter approaches it is important to take special care to prevent our pets from getting sick. It is a commitment that requires investment, time and resources to provide them with the best possible quality of life.
For this, it is important to have knowledge about the diseases that can affect companion animals and how to take care of them.
Here’s what every new pet owner should do to prepare for winter.
The first step is to have the complete vaccination schedule for your pet. Having the necessary vaccines will help provide the protection you need against possible exposures to germs and diseases that you may contract. Currently there are several forms of administration that are less stressful for animals and that are administered by another route than injection.
The best way to understand animals is by paying attention to their behavior. Although it is true that each animal has different personalities, you should not lose sight of warning signs or possible indicators of a disease. If you notice signs such as coughing, sneezing, runny nose, tremors, vomiting or some other sign that appears suddenly, it is best to see a veterinarian as soon as possible to get an accurate diagnosis.
Check the temperature
When the temperature drops, you need to pay attention to your pet’s environment. A warm place will help make you as comfortable as possible. Pay attention to the space where it spends most of the time and if you travel with it, make sure it is not exposed to extreme climates for a long time since, like humans, it can suffer from hypothermia.
Watch your diet
Food always plays an important role in the health of animals. If yours is exposed to low temperatures from walks or from spending long periods of time outside, it will need a different diet. Make sure to check with your vet before deciding on his food. Keeping you hydrated is equally important to help regulate your body temperature since in cold climates your body requires more water to carry out internal regulation processes.
Visit to the vet
Visits to the vet at least once a year are essential. However, during the cold season, animals are more susceptible to contracting diseases by contagion, some of them “silent”. If you schedule regular sessions with your veterinarian, you will ensure that his health is in the best condition and that his defenses are prepared to face this time.