Thursday 14th Feb, 2019

Keep Your Pets Safe

Brrr... It's cold!! It is important to remember that if you’re feeling it cold, your pet will be too!


Just like humans, pets can fall ill if exposed to extremely cold temperatures for extended periods. To avoid this, we advise that you take extra precautions to keep your furry (and not so furry!) friends safe and well this winter.

Here are a few tips to help you keep your pet safe this winter:


  • Walk your dog for shorter periods of time than usual (but more frequently if required)
  • Consider putting a coat on older dogs or dogs with thin fur
  • Avoid letting your dog off the lead when walking in ice and snow
  • Avoid areas where ponds and lochs may have frozen over
  • Wipe your dog’s paws and belly on returning home from a snowy walk to remove any ice or salt
  • Check for cracks in your dog’s paw-pads or for redness between the toes


  • Try to keep older cats inside during extremely cold spells
  • Ensure that young, healthy cats have easy access to shelter and warmth
  • Keep an eye out for signs of Antifreeze Poisoning (read more here)

Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

  • Make sure outdoor hutches and runs are sheltered and well-protected from snow, frost and winter rain and are kept dry
  • Position your outdoor hutch or run at least 10cm off the ground
  • Give your pet extra bedding to keep them warm
  • Line hutches with newspaper and cover with an old duvet/blanket/tarpaulin
  • Check water bottles/bowls regularly as they can freeze in low temperature
  • Keep the temperature for rabbits between 0C and +20C (the lower temperature assumes rabbits are healthy and kept with other rabbits, with lots of bedding for warmth)
  • Keep temperature for guinea pigs between +5C and +20C, avoiding too many fluctuations in temperature
  • If the weather becomes severe, consider taking outdoor pets inside to a well-ventilated space with light and room to exercise (never place your pet in a garage where vehicle exhaust fumes can be harmful)


If you are concerned about your pet in the cold weather, please call us on 0141 649 4949.




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