Winter does not officially begin until December 21st, but my pets and I have been feeling some of the effects of this season over the past few weeks. Perhaps you and your pets have as well. In this issue of the Heal at Home Pet Care newsletter, you can read about the health challenges associated with winter and how to help your pets cope with the changes they may be experiencing. I'd love to hear any feedback you have about how your pet does during this time of year!
Winter is a time of dark, cold, and dampness with a rise in flu and respiratory conditions in addition to bladder and ear issues. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the winter season is ruled by the kidneys and bladder which house the original chi (energy) of an individual. It is said that if one has strong kidneys then they have a strong immune system. The kidneys and bladder rule bones, teeth, and ears. The emotion of fear depletes the kidneys. Cats, by nature, are solitary and have to look out for themselves which creates an element of high alert, taxing the kidneys over a lifetime. These water elements can easily become unbalanced in the cold of winter or with indoor forced air heat throwing off the water balance. Salty foods should be avoided since they are drying. In Ayurvedic Medicine, it is Vata season where dryness, light, and cold rule.
Symptoms you may see:
I'd love to hear any feedback you have about how your pet does during this time of year!
liz stewart, BS, CVT (ECC)
Liz is a natural pet healer with 30yrs+ in the veterinary technician profession. She is certified in Emergency & Critical Care (ECC) and Animal Acupressure. Liz is the former manager of a large 24/7 Emergency & Critical Care service where she created protocols and training programs allowing for a high level of patient care.