Winter is not an easy season for both humans and our pets, but there are specific seasonal ailments for dogs and cats . The arrival of cold mainly causes problems for the respiratory tract and the gastrointestinal system. Colds in dogs and cats have similar symptoms to humans: difficulty breathing, congested nostrils, frequent sneezing, loss of appetite and sometimes fever.
As with any type of disease, the best way is always prevention. First of all, we must avoid sudden changes in temperature : our houses are heated by stoves or radiators, so it is not difficult to get cold when you go outside; a good rule would be to also protect our dog with a coat or a raincoat in case it rains and to dry them once they return to our accommodation.
In fact, the cold can cause cases of diarrhea, while especially in older specimens it can cause arthritis and joint pain . Staying warm in these cases is the easiest and most effective remedy.
If you happen to recognize a cough in your dog or cat, or difficulty swallowing and smelling, the first thing to evaluate is the overall attitude of our four-legged friend. If he proves reactive , with a desire to play, a constant appetite and a good mood, the disease can also be managed by us, but if we have any doubts it is important to contact our trusted veterinarian immediately.
Even some annoying parasites, among which ringworm is very well known , can be present in the winter season. Ringworm is a fungus that acts on the skin of dogs and cats (but can also be transmitted to humans), causing lesions, alopecia, itching and scabs . Ringworm mainly affects immunosuppressed or stressed specimens, but it is not a particularly serious problem. Once diagnosed by the veterinarian, it can be eradicated with a specific therapy, to which is added the foresight not to allow dogs and cats to scratch or lick the affected areas.
The drop in mood and the importance of cuddling and playing
As we mentioned in the previous paragraph, seasonal ailments for dogs and cats do not occur only in the form of physical, but also emotional ailments. With the arrival of the cold season and the consequent decrease in the hours of light, dogs and cats can show mood swings.
First of all, it is good to remember that the arrival of autumn should not pause the walks, which can be an excellent remedy for seasonal depression .
In both dogs and cats, play is an equally valid element to combat sadness and laziness due to the arrival of the cold months and to strengthen the bond between man and animal.
The game is then combined with pampering, essential to make the dog and cat feel at ease and satisfied, even in adverse weather conditions.