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(Too) cool for cats?


The British Veterinary Association has issued a warning over pet safety in the face of the cold snap that is adversely affecting some areas of the country. While it doesn't look as though we're going to see snow we've certainly had some frost, and in these conditions its important to ensure our furry friends stay are safe and warm.

You may not feel like going for a walk in winter, but the exercise will keep your pet happy and healthy. You and your dog should wear reflective clothing to ensure you're both visible. Clean paws and tummys afterwards, and check paw-pads for cracks.

Keep your dogs away from ponds and lakes that are iced over. Thin ice may break under a dog's weight.

Cats should have constant access to the house or a warm inside area, such as an outbuilding or shed with appropriate heating. Their bedding or sleeping areas must be warm, dry and away from any draughts.

Care should be taken with antifreeze and rock salt as they are both poisonous to pets, especially cats.

Keep an eye on outdoor pets. Provide extra bedding and be prepared to move them into a shed or unused garage for shelter. If left outside, protect hutches from the weather with covers that provide winter insulation, although ensuring there is adequate ventilation. Hutches should be raised off the ground by at least 10cm and placed in a sheltered position, facing away from wind and rain.

If you have any concerns about your pet in cold weather, please contact our vet for advice. §