Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Keeping Your Pets Safe Over Winter

Winter can be a miserable time for pets while winter bugs and jack frost are out and about.  Some pets love the rain and snow, but for others summer can’t come around soon enough.  Here are our top tips for keeping your pets safe over the winter months:

  • If a bad patch of weather is forecast, consider keeping your pets indoors.  Heavy rain, thunder, lightning and hail can be terrifying for pets and may cause them to flee and get themselves lost.  If really bad weather is projected, keep them tucked up inside for a few days.  Even if they complain!
  • If you have outdoor pets such as rabbits or guinea pigs, make sure they have a large, warm, sheltered space to camp out in.  Stock up on lots of warm bedding to keep them happy on cold wintery nights. 
  • If you have turtles or outdoor fish, keep an eye on their water levels.  A heavy downpour can cause outdoor ponds to flood, and your pampered pets may float away.
  • Winter is a great time to start encouraging your pets to sleep indoors at night – particularly cats.  Keeping them indoors at night keeps them safe from wandering and from all too common cat fights.  Plus, it helps to keep your local birds safe as well.  We recommend enticing your pets inside around 5-6pm with a tasty dinner and a warm bed, then keep them inside until breakfast time.
  • Cats and dogs also suffer from the flu, so make sure your immunisations are up to date.  An annual booster shot is all they need to keep the worst of the winter bugs at bay.  If your pets are registered with Inspector Spot, he’ll send you a reminder when your annual vaccinations are due.
  • Cooler temperatures can aggravate arthritis in older pets, so make sure they have a warm, cosy place to cuddle up in.  If they’re having difficulty getting up and down get them in to see your local vet.
  • Finally, all pets need a good supply of fresh water during winter.  Keep an eye on water bowls in the southern parts of the country to ensure they’re not turning to ice during a particularly cold snap. 

Inspector Spot is an expert at keeping pets safe and healthy, and helping to locate them when they go missing.  We recommend keeping your pets registered with him at www.inspectorspot.co.nz.

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