Pet Corner - Keeping Pets Safe in Winter Weather

The cold winter weather brings with it particular hazards for our pets and as owners, we need to anticipate the potential problems before our pets come to harm.

Dogs who love water cannot resist ploughing into rivers and lakes regardless of the strong currents and will often run across frozen water as part of their games. Every year there are incidents of dogs being swept away or trapped by broken ice which is dangerous and traumatic for both the dog and the owners. The fire service advises never to attempt to rescue a dog trapped by ice by crossing it yourself as the risk of injury to yourself is so great. So, if your dog is a water lover, think ahead and keep ball games away from the river, walk on a lead and have plenty of towels or blankets on hand to wrap up a wet dog. In the extremely low temperatures we have had this year, it is worth considering a dog coat for short haired breeds and especially older dogs.

Dogs in particular are attracted to the sweet smell of anti-freeze and will not think twice about drinking it. It is very poisonous and at this time of year may be found in puddles on driveways and roads. If you have reason to believe that your dog has ingested anti-freeze you should contact your vet immediately.

The dark nights make it difficult to spot dogs and cats and unfortunately the incidences of road accidents involving animals increase. A small light or reflector collar gives your pet a greater chance of being seen, while a tiny microchip implant will enable the vet to reunite you if your pet is injured while out and about. We have had several accidents with pets being hit by cars already this winter but most have had happy endings as prompt emergency treatment and microchip identification have enabled pets to be returned home.

Guinea pigs and rabbits should be protected from the worst of the weather by moving their hutches into a garage or shed and providing lots of extra bedding. Poultry too need extra bedding to keep them warm and benefit from an occasional warm feed during the winter months. Remember to check water containers daily for all outside pets as they will freeze readily.

If you would like any further advice or information about keeping your pets safe and well during the winter please contact your local veterinary surgery.


This article has been kindly written by Avondale Venernary Centre

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