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5 Tips to Kill the Winter Blues and Keep Your Pet Active this Winter

Posted December 4, 2013

Gone are the days of ‘walkies’ in the sun and playing fetch in the lake. It’s easy to sit back and lament the loss of the outdoors once the weather turns a bit chillier. But the good news is that with a little extra planning and a dash of creativity, your pet can be equally as happy and active during the winter months as they were during the summer. To help get you started, the team at NHV Natural Pet Products has rounded up our favourite tips for maintaining your pets’ vitality and joie de vivre this winter:

1. Hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy uses the benefits of water’s lowered level of gravity to treat pets. For pets suffering from joint pain, weak muscles, or a reduced range of movement, the warmth of the water will improve circulation, ease pain, and increase flexibility. Hydrotherapy can be a priceless contrast to the cold air and biting wind of the winter outdoors.

2. Treat Hunt. Hide pieces of treats around your house in unexpected places: Under a pile of towels, wrapped in an envelope, or under a dog bed. Lead your pet around the house and encourage them to sniff to their heart’s content. Reward them with the treat and lots of praise when they find it.

3. Agility Class. Many local animal shelters will offer pet agility classes for the community. Watch your dog participate with other local animals, jumping, climbing, and crawling. Expect a solid nap afterwards!

4. Light Search. Grab your flashlight and get creative! Shine a spotlight on a wall in a zigzag motion and wait for your pet to find it. Once he or she does, turn the flashlight off for a minute. Pop it back on in a new spot and watch your pet chase the light.

5. Trip to the Pet Store. Retail therapy isn’t just for humans. The next time you gear up for a trip to the pet store, bring your cat or dog along with you. The sights and smells offer exciting stimulation while your pet gets a little bit of added exercise.

In addition to these 5 creative tips, supplementing your pet’s diet with natural pet care products can go a long way in minimizing seasonal onset symptoms. Some of our favourites at NHV Natural Pet Products are:

  • Stimmune. Stimmune promotes healthy immune activity and histamine response, reducing symptoms like watery eyes, sneezing, difficulty breathing, and skin rubbing, which become more common during winter months.
  • Multi Essentials. Designed to regulate your pet’s body processes, metabolize nutrients, and improve digestion, NHV’s Multi Essentials can increase your pet’s energy and happiness this winter.
  • HAIRB-EZ. NHV’s herbal pet care remedy will relieve the pain, bloating, constipation, and discomfort associated with hairballs by dissolving ingested hairballs and supporting the liver.

Take an online ‘walkie’ through our all natural pet store, and find the natural pet remedies right for your furry companion. It’s an excellent way to feel warm and fuzzy, even on the coldest days.

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