Winter Clothing & Advice

Saturday, April 22, 2017  | The Pet Whisperer
Winter Clothing & Advice

Hi Coasties.

Weather (pun intentional!) it is for a Dog, Cat, Bird or Reptile, Winter Clothing is something you need to consider.

Dog.

Dogs are somewhat easy to solve the riddle for ... they can wear jumpers/coats to keep warm. Is that it? Is it really that simple? ... umm, err No!.

The style of coat is very important to consider. Some offer fantastic insulation for warmth but nothing for inclement weather. Others are the opposite. Some wrap around the whole body, others leave parts open.

We offer differing styles to suit individual needs based on what is discussed from the options above.

In line with the above, you need to prepare and keep maintained the hair/fur/wool of the dog. The clothing you place on top of it is perfect for matting and causing issues as well as hiding parasites. Please take the coat off regularly and brush the coat to free it of matts. It is best (more like Essential) to use a leave in conditioner or brush spray to condition the coat to prevent damage.

It is very important to prep and continue to maintain their hair/wool/fur during winter. Failing to do so can cause pain and expensive grooming costs. Never brush their coat dry. Always use a brush spray, and upgrade to a Detangler and/or quality leave-in conditioner for best results. If in doubt, call Kellie for grooming advice or services on 43655040.

There are also bedding options as discussed in the Cat section below.

Cat.

Just like the dog section above, cats can wear clothing. But many prefer not to. More commonly they will prefer a snuggle, warm, insulating bed. The plush cave beds are the most appropriate for catering to a warm, snuggle environment that protects them without them having to physically wear something.

Cave beds come in a variety of sizes and designs. Most cats prefer the be in an enclosed bed - this fits with their instincts, however if your cat prefers the open style beds, then I would recommend the use of a thermo-heated bed that gently warms the plush base to provide warmth all day and night. These are usually low voltage and very safe. But if your cat is a chewer .. I'd be coating the cable in Bitter Spray or opting for the cave option.

Advice on brushing and hair care is the same as above for tips such as regular brushing and using a brush spray.

Bird.

Birds lose 90% of their heat through their feet... So standing on a cold stone or wooden perch is not the most comfortable. for warmth. I would recommend the employment of Jute Rope perches as a natural insulating perch.

I would also highly recommend the use of a bird snuggle hammock. These are washable and form a snuggle sleeping bag for your bird. They come in a variety of sizes and are a fantastic solution.

Reptile.

It is highly important to have the correct settings for reptiles in winter.

Please recognise that you need to choose to have a reptile hibernate. Hibernation is necessary for breeding, but if you have a reptile that you are not going to breed from, then you can keep your heating as usual and have awake through winter - if you hibernate them, you need to do so with the correct method;

  1. They need to be healthy - never hibernate a sick reptile as they may not wake.
  2. They will get ready by going off their food and sleeping more. 
  3. They need 2 weeks of heat and lighting as normal after their last feed to digest fully.
  4. They must evacuate their bowels before hibernation. Not doing this could kill them.
  5. Remove heating and keep at room temperature for 7-10 days.
  6. Keep the reptile between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius to keep them in hibernation.
  7. Make sure the area is not too damp or too dry as hydration is one of the biggest issues during hibernation.
  8. In the majority of cases, they can hibernate in their enclosure.

They need to have a hide to be safe and secure.

 

Hope this helps you and if you have other pets you need advice on, please ask us via Facebook or email - contact through the website.

The Pet Whisperer.