RSPCA NSW recommends a few key tips to keep your beloved pet warm and healthy this winter:
• Sleeping: Outdoor pets need well-insulated shelter that is weather proof, such as the laundry or another protected area.
Indoor pets will love it if their bed and blanket are placed in the cosiest part of the house. Older pets may need to wear a coat at night. Never use a hot water bottle or wheat bags, as these can overheat and cause burns.
• Sunlight: Getting enough warmth is just as important during the day. Move kennels into the sun, and cat beds into light drenched windows.
• Coats: If you’re out for a walk in winter consider a waterproof walking coat for your dog. Make sure the coat is fitted correctly and is not too tight or too loose.
• Food: Pets feel hungrier in winter as they burn more calories to stay warm. Ask your vet if you’re not sure how much to feed your pet to avoid weight gain.
• Water: Many dogs do not drink enough water during winter months. Add something like a stock cube, or a teaspoon of vegemite in warm water with their dinner.
Make sure the water is warm, not hot.
• Exercise: Exercise is important even in winter. Take your pet for a walk, making sure to accessorise short-haired breeds with a warm jacket.
• Grooming: Pets’ fur is designed to keep the warmth against their skin, but the heating system doesn’t work right if their fur is matted or tangled. Regularly groom your pet.
The Pet Barn in Parkes can supply your pets’ needs for the winter, including selfwarming beds and dog coats.