Winter Advice

Dog in snow

It’s officially Winter and the temperatures are starting to drop. It’s important to know how to keep your pets safe during this time of the year. Here are a few of our top tips:

1) Make sure you and your dog are visible on walks. You can get your dog a reflective collar or harness, or even a fluorescent coat or a light-up collar. Ensure you are also visible by wearing something that is easily seen, such as a reflective jacket or light.

2) Wrap up on walks. Yes, coats and jumpers can look funny but they do serve a purpose in keeping dogs warm, especially old or young dogs.

3) Just like in summer months, don’t leave your dog unattended in the car. The cold can be just as dangerous as heat.

4) Wipe your dogs’ paws after walks to remove any salt or grit, which can be harmful. Also, check between toes for snow as this can prove painful if it solidifies.

5) On walks stay away from bodies of water. Even if a body of water looks frozen, you don’t know how solid the ice may be. If dogs do go in cold water, make sure you dry them and warm them up slowly, and do so as soon as possible.

6) Ensure your cat always has access to come indoors. Most cats will want to snuggle up in the warm and stay cosy. Try not to let them stay outside overnight.

7) Keep all your pets away from various food, plants and decorations that can be harmful or poisonous, especially this time of year. Things that can be threatening include:

  • Poinsettia
  • Lilies
  • Chocolate
  • Christmas pudding or cake
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Mince pies
  • Onions and garlic
  • Bones
  • Nuts
  • Tinsel and other decorations - Not good toys for cats!
  • Christmas tree needles

Stay safe and enjoy the season!