THESE chilly nights are just perfect for curling up under the doona to keep warm.
The cooler mornings also make it harder to want to jump out of bed and it's not just us. Our pets find the cooler months a challenge too, especially if they are older or have arthritis.
Our senior pets are often the most affected by arthritis but younger pets can also be affected, particularly if they have suffered an injury or are very active like race horses or working dogs.
In fact, about 65 per cent of dogs over the age of seven years will suffer with some form of arthritis.
With cats, about 60 per cent over the age of six have arthritis in at least one joint, this then increase to around 90 per cent of cats over the age of 12.
Arthritis can affect one or more joints anywhere in the body; however the most common joints affected are the shoulders, elbows, knees and hips.
Some of the signs they are in pain include; lameness or limping, difficulty getting up, slowing down when playing or on walks, yelping in pain or licking at a sore area.
While there is no cure for arthritis, the pain and discomfort your pet feels can be managed. Making sure they have extra warmth with a plush jacket or warm bed can help, along with special dietary foods or food supplements designed for older, arthritic pets.
There is also a range of medications available to ease their pain and gentle exercise to keep the joints moving can help too. Ultimately, visit a veterinarian for the best course of action for your beloved pet.