Cold weather and your Pets

by / Wednesday, 11 April 2012 / Published in Horses, News Archive, Small Animals
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is it just me or has winter arrived early this year?

Either way let’s not forget that our animals feel the cold too.

Here’s a quick check list of things to make your pet cozy through the cold weather:

Dogs

  • Warm, dry bedding
  • Shelter from winds and rain
  • Thick pads and pet beds on cold hard floors
  • Dog coats for those that really feel the cold and those who suffer with arthritis (See Dear Lionel)

Cats

  • Warm, dry bedding
  • Keep them in at night when the weather can be at its worst
  • (Cats are pretty sensible when it comes to looking after themselves)

Small Rodents    (Rabbits, guinea pigs, rats etc)

  • Keep the cages clean and dry with plenty of dry bedding
  • Cover them at night for extra protection against the elements
  • If they are outside perhaps bring them into a shed or garage at night

Birds   (Companion birds)

  • Chickens should be locked away at night
  • Dry bedding
  • Shelter from winds and rain
  • Caged birds should have boxes or areas to get out of the weather
  • Covers for the cages where necessary

Horses

  • Rugs for the daytime and an extra one for over night
  • Somewhere to get out of the rain and wind

Old horses in particular will need extra feeding

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