The weather in New England is always unpredictable, but there are some things we know for certain. It will get cold and our hours of daylight shrink significantly.
Winter is the Yin Season
In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, the yin is the energy of cold, dark, quiet. This matches the winter season where the light is shortest, the temperatures are lower and, for the most part, our activities are driven inside our homes. For our pets, the yin season can be a time of great fun, or a challenging time of illness or pain, depending on their underlying energetic pattern
The Yang Pet
A Yang pet is one who is young or hot-natured, very active and strong. They usually have a great affinity for the winter months. This is a time where they finally feel cool after months of constant over-heating. They will thrive running around in the snow, even burying themselves in it. They enjoy hiking in the cool, low humidity weather. This is because the cold yin weather is a perfect complement for their internal combustion, high metabolism energy system.
The Yin Pet
A Yin pet is one who is old or cold-natured, with little stamina or who is weak. They will be greatly challenged by the cold winter months. This pet already feels cold all the time. Internally, they cannot create enough heat. You will find them curled up by the heater or fire place, or laying in the sun’s reflection on the floor. Their arthritis will likely be worse and they will avoid staying outside for longer than it takes to use the bathroom. They might have urinary incontinence because their muscles are losing resting strength.
What can you do for your Yin pet in winter?
There are number of warming therapies that can help your pet stay warm and comfortable for winter.
By understanding the Chinese Medicine Energy systems we can anticipate your pet’s needs as the seasons change.