John Hayes Astrology


Pet Astrology - February 2019

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Often the Coldest time of Year ...

The Sun is given rulership over the zodiac sign of Leo because when the Sun travels through Leo during the summer, the days are long and warm and the Sun is high and bright in the sky. However, when the Sun travels through Aquarius during late January and February, the Sun is opposite, and therefore furthest away from its home sign of Leo. Astrologically speaking, the Sun is said to be in its detriment in Aquarius. When the Sun is traveling through Aquarius, this is often the coldest time of the year. We humans feel the cold but sometimes forget our pets do too.

If you’ve been accustomed to the warmth and shelter of indoors you’ll probably wrap up when venturing outside yet sometimes we forget that our pets are just as accustomed to the cosy indoors as we are. Therefore, avoid leaving your animals outside for extended periods, assuming all animals are adapted to live outdoors can put our pets at risk.If you have to take them out, stay outside with them. When you’re cold enough to go inside, they probably are too. If they start to shiver, whine or seek warm places to burrow, they should be indoors. As with people, frail, elderly and very young pets shouldn’t be exposed to cold weather for long. If you live near a lake or pond, be very cautious about letting your pet off the leash. Animals can easily fall through the ice, and it is very difficult for them to escape on their own. If you must let your pets loose near open water, keep an eye on them.

Get as Much Sunlight as Possible ...
Like humans, many pets eat more in the winter months so they’ve an extra layer of fat to keep them warm. Therefore, it’s important to make sure your pet has access to plenty of food and fresh water. Unless you’re a snowman you probably prefer to stay indoors and wrap up warm now and so don’t feel surprised if your pet feels the same. Keeping our pets happy and active in winter is good for their health and ours too and can prevent us from becoming couch potatoes. However, there’s a strong possibility that your furry friend could suffer from the winter blues now. If your pet shows symptoms of fatigue and depression, if they’re comfort eating, sadder and less playful, more likely to sleep all day and appear uninterested in going out, then they may have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Fortunately, there’s no need to take your pet to a shrink or put them on Prozac, exercise, sunlight, fresh air and plenty of TLC is the key. So if you’re both feeling a bit melancholy try to exercise early during the day and get as much strong sunlight as possible. Besides, since you still have to pick up your pet’s poo, you really don’t want to be searching around for it in the dark.

Reflective Clothing ...
If you do have to exercise your pet in the dark consider microchipping your pet and make sure you carry a torch and pooper-scooper or poo bags. It’s also a good idea for the pair of you to wear warm and reflective clothing. So why not coordinate your wardrobes and get something that matches, that way people will see you coming and there’ll be less chance of either of you being run over.

Look After Your Pet's Feet ...
Be sensible, thick, hairy pets will tolerate the cold better than short-haired breeds, while small animals that have to wade through snow and ice will feel the cold sooner than larger ones with long legs. If you’re pet doesn’t mind, get them a coat or sweater, and if money’s no object, splash out on the latest designer brand for pets to let you know who know you care. It’ll help a bit but don’t depend on it entirely to keep them warm. Pets lose most of their body heat from the pads of their feet, their ears and their respiratory tract. Pets that go outside can pick up rock salt, ice, and chemicals in their foot pads. To keep your pet’s pads from getting chapped and raw, wipe their feet with a washcloth when they come inside.This is an area to focus on and so if your pet doesn’t mind, get some special boots that can help protect their paws. This will also keep them from licking the salt off their feet, which could cause inflammation of the digestive tract.

If you really have to leave your pet outside make sure they’ve thick bedding and shelter against the wind and leave out a hot water bottle, wrapped in a towel to prevent burning your pet. It’s also important to keep an eye on your pet’s water supply. If the water in their bowl freezes and they’ve nothing to drink they’re more likely to drink out of puddles which may be polluted with oil, antifreeze and other harmful chemicals.

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