Although the temperatures are falling and the weather is getting worse, it doesn’t mean that you and your pet have to be bored. There are plenty of fun things to do with one another during the colder, darker months of the year. Here are some of our favorite wintertime activities to do with your pets.
Play in the snow
Diving in to the white stuff isn’t just for humans. Many pets, especially dogs, thoroughly enjoy playing around in the snow when it arrives. Play fetch, run around together and have lots of fun. Just keep an eye on your pet to make sure she isn’t becoming too cold. You can always invest in an insulated jacket or booties for her to help prevent her from feeling overly chilly. Make sure that you dry her off as soon as she comes inside and check the pads of her paws for balls of ice that may have formed there. These will need to be removed as otherwise they can prove very painful for your pet.
Ok, so your furriest family member might not understand exactly what you are talking about, but a snuggle under a blanket and reading a book out loud has been shown to be a great way to lower your stress levels and bond with your pet. Whether it is the latest novel by your favorite author or a trashy magazine, put your feet up, relax and read together.
Teach her new tricks
Your cat or dog is never too old to learn new skills, and whether it is a fanciful trick or something useful such as fetching your newspaper or turning on the lamp, spending more time indoors over winter is the ideal opportunity to teach her. Learning something new will also help stimulate her brain – something which is vital to prevent boredom from kicking in! Training your pet may need a little patience, but it is a whole lot of fun and you will feel a real sense of accomplishment once she gets to grip with her new trick.
Make a grooming appointment
Many pets thoroughly enjoy being groomed, and it is very important to keep up with a regular grooming routine through the winter. Doing so will not only keep your furbaby looking good, but also feeling fresh and healthy. Excess hair can be a serious burden when the weather is bad as it can trap cold air and moisture from rain, ice or snow, putting your furry friend at risk of developing chilblains, frostbite or even hypothermia. Her claws will also grow more quickly if she is spending more time indoors, so make sure these are trimmed before they get too long and cause her problems.
And if you really aren’t a fan of the cold weather, why not consider heading away on vacation. While not all types of vacation are pet-friendly, there are plenty of hotels, Air BnB’s and other places to escape to that do welcome furry friends. Load up your vehicle and drive towards warmer states for a few days or longer. A road trip adventure with a four-legged companion is a great opportunity to bond and spend some quality time with one another.
If you would like more inspiration for things to do with your pets this winter, please don’t hesitate to contact our veterinary team who will be happy to give you some fresh and fun ideas