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Winter Watch Outs

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.

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Winter Watch Outs

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 during the winter months please book an appointment today at your local practice or speak to a member of the team.

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Dogs

  • 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 and any spillages are cleaned up straight away. So beware of antifreeze.


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


  • Don’t walk your dog on ice as they 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.


  • Grit and salt on your dog's paws can make them sore, so it is important to wash off grit. It can make them poorly if they lick it off so best to make sure you rinse your pup's paws after walks.


  • Your dog 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

  • Make sure dogs water supply is always unfrozen.
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Cats

  • 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 and any spillages are cleaned up straight away.


  • Provide somewhere warm - Make sure that there is somewhere warm and cosy for your cat to sleep. Also, 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.

  • 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. 

  • Make sure your cat’s water supply is always unfrozen. Remember to check the water every day. 
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Small furries

  • Provide somewhere warm - Provide extra bedding for rabbits and other outdoor pets and be prepared to move them into a shed, garage or utility room for shelter.

  • If you move your rabbit indoors try not to put them too close to a heater or radiator as they suffer from heat stress very easily.

  • If you are keeping your pet outside, beds or hutches should be raised off the ground to prevent the base becoming too cold, damp and rotten, and bedding should always be fresh and dry as it will freeze overnight if even slightly damp.

  • Don't house pets in greenhouses or conservatories due to the temperature changes. Also take care in garages that are regularly used by a car as there can be toxic fumes.