Keeping your pets safe this winter

As the nights draw in and we start thinking about switching the heating on, it’s good to also think about how the changing conditions might affect our pets. Here are a few things to think about as the weather gets colder and the nights get longer.

Most dreaded in the calendar is often Bonfire night, now often preceded by weeks of minor bangs, crashes and wallops, as well as Diwali, which this year takes place on 30th October. Some dog owners find that their pet starts becoming fearful of evening walks as the nights draw in. These dogs may have associated the dark nights with fireworks, so if your pet is not so keen to go out in the dark, consider an earlier walk if you can.  If your cat or dog shows signs of being worried by fireworks, come have a chat with us, we have several products which could help or check out our article on how to prepare your pet for fireworks.

If you do walk your dog in the dark, think about visibility, a reflective jacket, collar and/or lead can really help safeguard your pet.

Speaking of jackets, as the temperature drops your pet can feel the cold too! They may have a fur coat but especially older pets can struggle to regulate their body temperature and arthritis can worsen in cold conditions. Consider buying your dog a jacket for colder days and make sure there is a nice cozy place by the radiator for your pets. Don’t forget your rabbits and small furries either! As temperatures drop, consider moving their hutch into a shed or garage to keep them warm and provide extra bedding to snuggle up in.

Unfortunately every winter there are cases of antifreeze poisoning. Antifreeze is attractive for pets as it is very palatable but also highly poisonous!  If you use antifreeze make sure to do so safely and store the product securely, clearing up any spills immediately. Dogs can also be poisoned by eating conkers and acorns. The above are all extremely poisonous so if you believe  your pet has ingested any of the above please contact us as soon as possible!

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