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Winter Watch Outs

Are you and your pet prepared for winter?

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Despite their fur, cats, dogs and small furries can feel the cold just the same as humans do, and freezing temperatures can create problems if you're not prepared for winter.

Here are some ‘Winter watch outs’ and handy tips to help you make sure your pet is happy and healthy during the chilly winter months.

For more information, or to speak to someone about caring for your pet in the winter months please  book an appointment today at your local practice or speak to a member of the team.


Beware of antifreeze!

Surprisingly, antifreeze smells and tastes good to your pet so if they find it they will drink it. However, it is highly poisonous so make sure it is stored well out of reach

Don't let them eat snow!

Your pet might see snow as a novelty but dangerous objects or chemicals may be hidden in the snow.

Also, eating snow can cause stomach upset and even hypothermia.

Keep the oldies warm

Pets with arthritis will feel more discomfort when it's cold so try to keep those older pets as warm as you can.

Try not to walk your dog on ice

Dogs can slip and injure themselves just like us.

Even more important is to make sure they don’t run onto frozen lakes or canals as they could fall into icy water if the ice is too thin.

Provide somewhere warm

Make sure that there is somewhere warm and cosy for your cat or dog to sleep.

Cats will curl up next to anything hot to keep warm, which can include under the bonnet of a car, so make sure you keep an eye on them.

Provide outdoor pets, such as guinea pigs and rabbits with extra bedding, and consider moving them into a shed or unused garage for extra shelter whilst it is cold.

Wash off grit

Grit and salt on your dog's paws can make them sore.

Plus they can make them poorly if they lick it off so best to make sure you rinse your pup's paws after walks.

Freezing water bowl

If your pet’s water bowl is normally kept outside, check it regularly that ice hasn’t formed and that they have access to water.