Winter Pet Care Tips

With the sudden drop in temperatures the last few days and the extra long nights we want you and your pets to stay safe and cosy,

In this article, we will learn about the different safety measures you can do to make sure your pets stay fit and healthy throughout the winter months.

If it gets really cold and miserable, have our emergency vet contact details on your phone +353 23 8841503 . You may not get time to Google ‘emergency vet near you’ when it is an emergency. 

Walking dogs in winter

The following information might seem to many common sense however every winter we encounter the same issues with animals which can be avoided with some simple changes:

  • Wear reflective clothing and perhaps a reflective collar or light on your dog. 
  • Elderly or sickly dogs would benefit from a winter coat or jumper to keep them warm.
  • If it does snow, watch out for your dogs’ paws as impacted snow will cause discomfort.
  • If your dogs’ paws come into contact with antifreeze or rock salt both of which or poisonous, ensure you wash their paws thoroughly.

Keep your cat warm 

In the coldest months it’s important that your cat has a warm environment to curl up in. If your cat is an outside pet, check their bedding is away from cold draughts and remains dry at all times. 

Before setting off on your journey in the morning make sure you check your bonnet and around your tyres as cats love to curl up inside for the warmth and shelter.

Once again be watchful for contact with antifreeze as it can cause kidney failure or even death very quickly in smaller animals. 

If your pet is showing any of the symptoms below please get them to the vet immediately:

  • Vomiting
  • Seeming Depressed or Sleepy 
  • Appears drunk and uncoordinated
  • Seizures (fits) 
  • Breathing difficulties

 

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