Winter pet care

For three winters in a row, Bella and I shared a cold. Let me tell you, there is nothing cuter than a cat’s sneeze. Apparently, humans can’t catch a cold from a cat, and vice versa. One of us was faking it.

A way to improve your cat or dog’s immunity is to give them a daily dose of cod liver oil for one month. Cod liver oil contains vitamins A and D. One capsule is sufficient as you can overdo these vitamins. If your animal detests capsules, and you detest being clawed and mauled, try squeezing the contents of the capsule over their food, or buy the cod liver oil in liquid form and use 1ml per application. Adding grated garlic to your dog or cat’s food is another way to improve their immune system. If you don’t want to grate, and they’re willing, slip them a small garlic tablet (child size) after dinner. If your friend’s cold seems more ominous, a trip to the vet is recommended.

There is no simpler way to rid yourself of a new lover, than for your bedroom to be a flea-pit. You may ultimately find that your pet is a better bed companion but, in the meantime, follow these tips to be flea-free. Fleas tend to prefer beach weather, but some stay the whole year. Firstly, let no flea find solace on your floor – rip up the carpet. Wash the dog and his blanky in wool wash (the one with eucalyptus oil added). Rinse in cold water. Tumble or towel dry. Fleas and Dracula have at least one thing in common. They both hate garlic. Do the garlic thing mentioned above.

Is your pet’s fur, scraggy, dull, dandruffy and listless. Is yours? Both of you will benefit from adding omega 3 fatty acids to your diet. Come again? Omega 3’s are the essential fatty acid du jour for pets and people. Obtained from fish, as well as improving skin and fur quality, omega 3’s help to lower cholesterol and improve immunity. A daily can of tuna, sardines or fish-based pet food is an excellent adjunct in the treatment for eczema or dandruff. If your pooch or puss has a stubborn skin condition, try mixing a dessert spoon of cold pressed linseed oil (another good source of essential fatty acids) into their food each day. To make your little animal even more glamorous, add one quarter to half a teaspoon (depending on species and size) of brewers yeast.

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