The change in temperature presents pet owners with a difficult set of circumstances during the chilly winter months.
We understand the challenges owners face so to help we’ve put together a fabulous set of tips that will help your pet stay happy and healthy between now and the new season.
– Monitor your pet(s) weight and food intake. Because there is less daylight during winter the opportunity to take your pet out to exercise may be limited.
– Pay particular attention to your pet if they have any specific conditions, long-term injuries or arthritis. The drop in temperature means that your pet will require extra care and warmth through winter.
– Prevent water freezing in your pet(s) bowl by moving it inside the house. This may seem like a small alteration to make but it could have a huge impact on the pets overall wellbeing.
– Ensure that your pet has somewhere cosy and warm to rest. Provide your outdoor pets with extra sheets and bedding or move them into a shed or unoccupied garage during the really cold months.
– If it snows, don’t let your pet eat it! It may look nice but it could contain one or two unpleasant surprises. Snow could give your cat an upset stomach or even worse, contain dangerous objects or chemicals. If your pet has been outside make sure you wash all the grit and salt off their paws.
– In icy conditions don’t attempt to walk outside with your pet. The same applies to lakes or canals that may have frozen over. A small, unseen crack, could see them fall in.
– Cats have a habit of sleeping under cars during the winter months. Try banging loudly on top of your car to help them move along safely. Keep de-icer products in a secure place and don’t allow your animal to lick the contents once it has been sprayed.
– Don’t leave your pet alone in a vehicle during winter. While it might be regarded as a warm place when the engine is on and moving, it can be like a refrigerator when stationary.
– Don’t shave your animal down to their skin because the extra layer of hair provides valuable warmth. An increase in protein helps keep your animal and their fur healthy.
– Look out for signs of hyperthermia. If, for example, your cat has been out all night keep an eye on how they behave when they return. If they appear to be in discomfort warm them up gradually with a blanket.