They may have a thick fur coat, but both cats and dogs can get cold in chilly weather, especially if they aren’t used to it – and for those breeds with lighter coats.
So do make sure your pets are warm and dry, especially if you are out all day and the heating is off then. Warm blankets to curl up in will be very popular – and make sure beds are protected from draughts.
Outdoor pets, such as rabbits and guinea pigs are especially vulnerable, so make sure they have plenty of dry bedding and protective covers for hutches. If you can, you may want to bring them into a garage or shed, which will be dry and warmer. Always remember that good ventilation is important too.
Access To Water
When the temperature falls and water freezes over, do make sure ice is broken and removed every day and that your outdoor pets have access to a clean supply of fresh water.
Exercise is still vital in the winter, to keep your pet fit and healthy – but there are a couple of things to look out for at the chilly times of year, so a little extra care will keep them safe and healthy.
The Dangers of Grit, Salt and Anti-freeze to Your Pets
At this time of year grit and salt is all over our roads and pavements, to keep them clear of icy patches.
Salt can be dangerous to pets, who may be tempted to lick it off their paws after a walk outside. It can also get stuck to fur, causing skin issues.
The same applies to anti-freeze – puddles near homes and driveways, as well as pavements, often contain poisonous anti-freeze.
Winter Walks with your Dog
Here are some tips to keep your pet safe this year:
Wipe their paws, legs and tummy after being outside.
Be sure to check between their toes for any irritating grit or ice.
A bath with a pet safe shampoo may be a good idea – be sure to dry them completely afterwards.
Salt Poisoning Signs to Watch Out for
Signs of salt poisoning include thirst, vomiting and lethargy and may lead to kidney damage.
If you think your pet may have ingested any rock salt, please contact us immediately.
As ever, if you have any queries about your pet, please call us on 01435 864422.
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