Winter Pet Tips

Cats & Dogs are susceptible to hypothermia & frostbite in the same way that humans are. When walking your dog in winter it’s important to know your dog’s limits. Look for signs like shivering and a weak pulse which could indicate your pet has had enough and may be starting to suffer. Jumpers and coats aren’t just the latest pet fashion fad & can be ideal for keeping your dog warm during walks particularity if it doesn't naturally have a thick coat of fur.

Paws – If your dog needs regular long walks or your cat has free reign to come and go as it pleases, ensure paws are always wiped down and regularly cleaned. The salt that is used to help defrost our roads & pavements can be extremely harmful and damaging to paws leading to them becoming very sore and irritated. Regular cleaning will insure you have a happy, healthy pet.

Clean up Antifreeze – Antifreeze can be deadly. Pets are often attracted to its sweet smell which could result in your pet drinking the antifreeze. Antifreeze is a highly toxic chemical and just 1-2 spoonful’s could prove fatal for your furry friend. Teaching your dog simple commands like ‘Leave’ could be the difference between life and death for your pet! It’s also harmful to pet’s paws in a similar way to salt so it’s doubly important to clean up any spillages right away.

Heaters – All animals will look for heat sources during the winter months, much like we gravitate towards a warm fire or a radiator when we come in from the cold. To ensure your pet suffers no unwanted burns think carefully about the types of additional heaters you have in your home and how they can be pet (and child) proofed.

Cars – The shelter & warmth provided by warm engines, wheel arches and under cars themselves can seem the ideal sleeping place for cats and wildlife alike. When you leave your house take a second to just check your car and give your bonnet a firm tap. Any animal that might be using your car for refuge will soon disappear and you’ll be able to get on with your day drama free.

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