With the British weather changing to the rainy cold and blustery conditions, with occasional morning frost, we can expect from October it is perhaps important to remember that cats and dogs feel the cold as much as we do.
Cats are creatures of habit and like the warmth. Remember to allow your cats constant access to your house or a warm, safe and secure space in a barn or outbuilding, making sure that they cannot become trapped in buildings outside. Make sure their sleeping or resting area is dry, warm and away from draft and the elements.
Dogs in the same way look for comfort and warmth on cold days. Should your dog enjoy the outside make sure there is always an area out of the elements that is warm and comforting to them with appropriate heating.
Remember Rock Salt and Anti-freeze can be highly poisonous to dogs and cats. Ensure you clean your dog’s feet when returning from a walk to stop the ingestion of these harmful substances through licking of paws. Should you be worried about your pet always seek medical advice if unsure. Remember joining our free membership enables you to 24/7 online video and chat access to a qualified vet through PawSquad. Find out more here.
And as the nights draw in remember if you are out on a walk make sure to wear reflective clothing and that goes for your pet as well, this will keep you both safe. You may even want to invest in a light up collar or light for his or her collar. Elderly or sick dogs often benefit from a coat or jumper when you are out on a walk. The RSPCA recommends this fit comfortably and that they can still toilet as normal. And finally keep your pet away from frozen water, be it a lake, stream or river – these can be fatal should they fall in.