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Care and advice for your pets this winter


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winter

Keep them warm during walks

As winter draws in you will need to take precautions to keep your dog warm on walks, particularly if they are a small or short haired breed as they will struggle more in the cold weather. A dog coat will help keep them warm but won't protect their paws. Your dog's paws are as sensitive to temperature as the human hand. And while some dogs, like Huskies, have adapted to cold weather most have not. Don't force your dogs on walks in freezing weather, if the ground is too cold for you it's probably too cold for them. If this is the case, make sure you provide them with lots of toys for them to play with to keep them occupied indoors.

Avoid itchy, flaky skin

Coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home after a walk can cause itchy, flaking skin for your dog. Towel dry your pet as soon as they come inside and wash and dry their stomach and paws to remove ice, salt and antifreeze chemicals. Be sure to never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog is long-haired, simply trim them to minimize the chances of ice, salt and de-icing chemicals clinging to their fur. Be sure to check their paws regularly in snowy conditions as the snow could compact between their toes and turn into ice balls which can be very painful.

Make sure they are visible in the dark

As the nights draw in earlier and the sun rises later, you will most likely be walking your dog in the dark when visibility is reduced. Be sure they are visible by using a light up collar and a reflective jacket or harness so they show up in car headlights.

Avoid using antifreeze

Dogs may be attracted to ethylene glycol, the chemical used in antifreeze, by its sweet taste. Many animals will voluntarily ingest antifreeze if it is spilled or leaks onto garage floors or driveways. Ethylene glycol has a very narrow margin of safety – which means only a tiny amount can result in severe poisoning.


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winter

Winter brings a new set of challenges to cat owners, especially when the temperatures drop and your cat stays indoors longer, so here are some tips for keeping your cat safe at this time of year.


Have everything they need inside the house

Some cats may not wish to venture out as much in the colder weather. Because of this, you should provide them with everything they need should they wish to stay inside. Make sure you have a litter tray in the house, even if they don’t regularly use one, so they don’t feel forced to go out in the cold weather and keep lots of toys around the house to keep them entertained indoors.

Make sure they are visible in the dark

Darkness is always going to be a potentially dangerous time for your cat when it is out and about, especially if you live near roads and cars have reduced visibility. Be sure they are visible by using a reflective collar, so they show up in car headlights.

Check their paws

Check your cat’s paws and dry them thoroughly after they've been outside. This is especially important with long haired cats as they are prone to snow compacting between their toes and turning into ice balls which can prove very painful.

Be aware they may be hiding

Cats will be looking for warm and dry shelter in the cold weather. Be wary of sheds and garages where they could potentially become trapped. Cats are also known for using heat from car engines to stay warm so make sure to check under the bonnet and underneath your vehicle before you drive away.

Make sure their microchip is up to date!

Whilst this is important year-round, it is especially important in the winter months to make sure your cats microchip is up to date. Looking for warmth and shelter may lead your cat to places where they are unfamiliar, increasing the chance they may get lost.

Avoid using antifreeze

Cats may be attracted to ethylene glycol, the chemical used in antifreeze, by its sweet taste. Many animals will voluntarily ingest antifreeze if it is spilled or leaks onto garage floors or driveways. Ethylene glycol has a very narrow margin of safety – which means only a tiny amount can result in severe poisoning.


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