As autumn begins and winter is on it’s way, sunny days are exchanged for cooler temperatures and frosty mornings. And while we wrap up in our coats, hats and gloves, what about our pets?
Read on for our top tips on keeping your pets warm in winter.
Go on shorter walks
It’s still important to keep your pet active by taking them on daily walks, but with the temperature dropping, taking your pets outside for too long can affect their health. Frostbite, especially on their ears nose and paws is not uncommon, but going on shorter walks can solve this problem. Plus, pets that like to wander off by themselves, such as cats, should always be fitted with a microchip – if they get stuck somewhere in the cold, this will ensure they can be traced back to you.
Just as we like to snuggle up in a cosy jumper or keep warm in a fluffy coat, pets like it too. It’s a good idea to purchase a winter-proof jacket for your pup and foot protectors so their paws don’t cold too cold. For in the home, perhaps add a couple more blankets to their basket, and remember if it’s too cold for you then it’s probably too cold for your pet.
Bring outdoor pets in
Small pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs can be kept outside throughout most of the year, however, when it comes to winter the plummet in temperature can make them ill. During autumn, cover their hutch with an old blanket to stop strong winds or perhaps move the hutch into the shed or garage. Alternatively, bring them inside during the winter so they can keep warm and be sheltered from winter foxes and badgers.
It’s important to have a reliable and professional vet centre, that can monitor the health of your pets. Here at Abbey Vet Centre, based in Grimsby, Immingam and Caistor, our staff are dedicated to caring for your animals, offering a range of services and healthcare plans. For more information, get in touch today.