20 November 2013

Posted by Discount Insurance on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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With Britain set for a two week cold snap of low temperatures, wintry showers and snow in some areas. Make sure you protect your pet from the cold - remember that a pet’s age, breed or health may affect how he or she tolerates the cold winter months.


Provide proper shelter for your pets whether they live indoors or outdoors. Indoor pets should have their bed or crate placed in a safe and warm place that is away from drafts. Outdoor pets should have a well-insulated house that is wind-resistant, waterproof and elevated off the ground so wind and moisturise can’t seep inside.

Install a door flap to protect against drafts and gusts of wind. Extra blankets and straw will also help to increase your pet’s warmth. Room and floor heaters should be kept away from your pet, as they are an obvious fire hazard and can cause serious injuries as well.

Food & Water

Be sure to provide fresh, clean water for your pet every day. Outdoor pets need to consumer 25 to 50 per cent more calories than usual because the cold weather tends to deplete their energy.

Cars are fridges

Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during the winter months. Vehicles have the same effect as refrigerators in the winter months.

Cats & Cars

Keep your cats indoors during the winter. Cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars to stay warm. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan-belt. Give an outdoor cat a chance by banging loudly on the car’s bonnet before starting your car.


If you have a short-haired breed of dog, consider getting him/ her a sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly to keep him/ her warm. Never shave your dog down to the skin in the winter months, as a longer coat will provide more warmth.


Cat and dogs are attracted to the sweet smell and taste of antifreeze, which contains ethylene glycol. A tiny lick can kill your dog or cat, so make sure to check your car for leaks on your driveway or gutter. Keep containers tightly closed and clean up spills immediately. You can buy pet safe antifreeze from most shops.

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Gaurav Ahluwalia