As cold temperatures soar so do the risks and hazards to our companion-animals

Look after our animal-friends during the cold months

Winter can be a lot of fun for families but with it comes hazards for our companion animal friends. Animals need to be kept warm, safe and secure especially during the chilly months.

Our canine friends

If dogs are kept outside for long periods of time they are more likely to suffer and develop hypothermia and even frostbite. Please don’t leave them outside in the cold, they can become distressed and vulnerable to the extreme temperatures.

Always be on the lookout for any signs of suffering, distress or pain.

Watch out for rock salts, which people use to help stop water from freezing. This can irritate their footpads and potentially be toxic to dogs and cats.

When you are back home make sure their paws are wiped clean to keep them free from rock-salt.

When out walking, stay away from frozen lakes and frozen ponds, keep your dog on a lead. Regardless of dogs being good swimmers, they can get into trouble on frozen water because their weight can break the ice.

Make sure you and your dog can be seen at all times, choose reflective clothing for great visibility especially to motorists at night.

Dogs need regular exercise to keep them happy and healthy, however extreme weather conditions can cause be dangerous, consider all the risks before venturing out.

When you want to treat your dog please don’t give them chocolate, sultanas, raisins or grapes, these are toxic to dogs. 

Our feline friends 

Like dogs, cats can also develop hypothermia and frostbite as a result of extreme weather conditions and protecting them from the elements is very important.

Many cats are not used to the cold weather and would rather be indoors where they can be nice and warm. However, if your cat likes the outdoors, ensure they have somewhere to go where they can be warm and feel safe.

Sadly, many cats will often find dangerous places to keep warm like under cars etc. Often becoming trapped underneath or even crushed when the car starts up. Please always do a quick check under and around your car for cats before you head off.


Microchipping is essential if you want to keep your pet protected should they become lost. The chip provides a unique identity and can help you be reunite again with your loved ones.


Be aware that many plants are poisonous, including poinsettia, yew, berries and lilies.

Our smaller animal-friends

If your pet lives in a hutch or outside keep them away from the cold by putting them in a shed or unused garage for shelter. Always make sure your pet has plenty of ventilation and the temperature is suitable.

Providing extra regular clean bedding can help them stay warm.

Always make sure they have access to fresh water at all times and it’s within easy reach. Keep a check on the water as it can freeze over quickly.

Protect outdoor pets as much as possible by considering their safety and protection, especially during the night.

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