Pet owners issued with advice ahead of winter

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
A Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Pet owners are being encouraged to prepare for the cold weather as winter approaches.

Cooler conditions and wintry weather can lead to difficult conditions for pets and their owners.

Staff at Vets4Pets are issuing advice to avoid some of the common hazards linked with colder weather.

Dr Huw Stacey, director of clinical services, said: “Seasonal weather provides pets and their owners with different challenges, but following simple pieces of advice can help provide both with a comfortable life.

“Changes in the outside temperature are a common issue linked to health problems in pets, but simply moving pets to the warmth of our houses isn’t always the answer.

“Dogs love going for a walk no matter what the season, but just like in summer when they can overheat, they can suffer from the cold in autumn and winter.

“Although cats can see better at night than humans, the dazzling lights of cars can distract them, leading to a potential increase in collisions with vehicles as the nights draw in.

“Small furry pets (rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs) and reptiles (tortoises) particularly enjoy spring and summer outdoors, but will need extra care and a potential ‘house’ move to a warmer part of the home or garden.”