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Top 10 tips to keep your pet safe in winter

a dog running through a icy field

It’s easy to ensure your pet remains safe during the winter months:

  1. Walks are still important
  2. Check your pet’s paws
  3. Watch out for antifreeze
  4. Always check your car
  5. Consider keeping your cat indoors
  6. Watch out for ice
  7. Stay away from frozen water
  8. Keep them active
  9. Make sure they’re visible
  10. Never leave your dog unattended in the car

As the days are shorter and definitely colder it’s important to make sure you do your best to keep your pet safe throughout the winter weeks. Just like all the other seasons, winter brings with it a lot of hazards for people and pets alike.

Whether you have a cat or a dog it’s important to make sure they’re as safe as can be so that you can end each cold day with cosy cuddles on the sofa.

So, what’s the best way to keep your pet safe in winter?


1.    Walks are still important

You might want to consider taking your dog on shorter but more frequent walks, so they’re not exposed to the cold for too long.

2.    Check your pet’s paws

Whether you’ve just finished walking your dog or your cat has come in from their nightly adventures you should make sure to wash and dry your pet’s feet. This will get rid of any salt or chemicals used to grit the roads and pavements throughout winter and save your pet’s paws from any irritation.

I’m sure you’ll pet will appreciate the foot massage.

3.    Watch out for antifreeze

As antifreeze is toxic to our pets it’s important to make sure you keep the container away from their eager noses. A locked cupboard would be ideal and make sure to clean up any spills immediately. If you can, avoid buying antifreeze and stick to the old-fashioned scraper.

4.    Always check your car

While your cat might be hiding away from the cold in the comfort of your home, other cats might be finding warmth in your car.

From finding their way under the bonnet, hiding in the wheel arch or simply just seeking shelter under your vehicle it’s always best to bang the car before starting your engine.

5.    Consider keeping your cat indoors

While the temperatures plummet, you might want to keep your cat inside, especially at night. If you still want your cat to enjoy its freedom, then make sure they’re microchipped so that if they end up wandering off in search of a warm place then the vets will be able to access all of your details and you’ll be reunited much quicker.

6.    Watch out for ice

When taking your dog out for a walk keep your eyes out for any ice lurking on steps, roads and pavements. Your dog could slip and injure themselves, but you could also fall victim to the perilous ice and end up letting go of your dog’s lead.

a dog running through an icy field

7.    Stay away from frozen water

It might be hard to keep your cat away from frozen water when they’re out and about on their own, but if you’re out walking your dog you need to steer clear from any frozen lakes or rivers.

Your dog might be tempted to jump in or walk across and as it’s impossible to tell how secure the surface is then it’s a good idea to keep them on a lead.

8.    Keep them active

If your cat or dog is reluctant to venture outside, that’s fine. You can invest in plenty of toys to keep them entertained and active indoors. From puzzles that will keep their brain stimulated, to toy ropes to play tug.

9.    Make sure they’re visible

The majority of walks probably take place in the dark during the winter, especially if you’re at work during the day. You’ll want to attach a light to your dog’s collar to make sure they’re visible to you and passers-by.

Top tip: this doesn’t have to be expensive, we use bike light attachments on our dog’s collar which helped save us some money.

10.    Never leave your dog unattended in the car

You might have thought this only applies in summer when the temperatures are soaring, but temperatures can drop really quickly in winter. So, make sure you never leave your dog in the car for any length of time.

Whatever the season, there are always risks for our pets and it’s our responsibility to make sure they’re as safe as they can be.

Sometimes, accidents do happen and it’s out of our control or our pets can fall ill without warning, and that’s why having an insurance policy in place can be quite reassuring. Why not take a look at our pet insurance policies today?

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Hello, lovely readers, I'm Catrin George. I'm a treat dispenser and walk giver to Marvel, the border collie. I'm here to give you the latest updates and low downs on anything and everything pet related, whether they miaow, woof, or neigh. The blogs will be filled with news, reviews, and charity visits with some discounts and giveaways squeezed in-between. So, keep your eyes peeled here!

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