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Caring For Pets In Cold Weather

For Dogs:

  • Walk for shorter periods of time more often.
  • Consider putting a coat on older dogs or those with thin fur to keep them warm.
  • Don’t leave dogs outside unattended – many spend most of their time indoors and aren’t used to cold weather, they could  develop hypothermia or even frostbite.
  • When out walking your dog in ice and snow, do not let them off the lead or let them walk in areas where ponds or lakes have frozen over – they cant tell the difference between solid ground and the ice so will fall through.
  • If your dog falls through the ice, call the emergency services for help rather than going in yourself. Although distressing, it is never worth risking your own life as well as your pet’s, dogs are stronger swimmers in these situations and are more likely to get themselves out of the water.
  • After a snowy walk, wipe your dog’s paws and belly to remove any ice or salt and regularly check for cracks in their pads and
    between the toes. If you find any. we have some cream you can apply to speed healing.
  • Wiping the paws will also help prevent them from ingesting any antifreeze that may have been spilt on the path.
  • If your dog is less active during the winter, don’t forget to cut back a bit on what you feed them, or they will gain weight.
  • When out walking wear bright reflective clothing so you can be seen by motorists. You can also get some great lights and reflective coats for dogs nowadays.

For Cats

  • Keep older cats inside during an extremely cold spell and make sure even healthy young cats have easy access to shelter.
  • If you have a cat flap make sure this is not blocked by snow.
  • Cats left outdoors can climb up into a car engine compartment to stay warm, they can be seriously injured or even killed when the vehicle is started. They might venture somewhere they shouldn’t and get trapped inside a shed or garage without food or water. If in doubt, keep cats inside.

For Rabbits and Guinea Pigs

  • Temperatures between +5⁰C to +20⁰C are fine, as long as they are healthy,
  • Provide extra bedding, straw and hay for warmth and top up daily as they will eat more to stay warm.
  • Make sure their hutch is weather proof and positioned so that wind, rain and snow can’t blow in.
  • Cover the front with an old blanket or sack.
  • Check their water bottles at least twice a day, the small metal ball can easily freeze when the temperature drops.
  • Foxes are hungrier when cold, make sure your hutch is sturdy enough to survive a sustained attack from predators.
  • If it gets very cold, consider moving your pets inside to a well ventilated space with light and room to exercise – but avoid a garage if it is used to store a vehicle, the exhaust fumes are harmful to rabbits and guinea pigs.

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