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Keeping your pet safe and well in the winter

Blog / keeping your pet safe and well in winter

They’re our best friends, our comrades and someone you love no matter how frequently they chew your shoes and scratch the furniture. Our pets. They mean the world to us and it’s our job as pet owners to provide the best and safest living environments for those lovable creatures. We wanted to raise awareness and knowledge about how easy it is to forget that the winter (besides coming) is a new hurdle to keeping our pets safe. We thought we would make it easy and find the best tips to help keep you informed on the best ways to keep your pet healthy and happy this winter. If there’s anything you think we’ve missed, let us know! Spread the love!

  • One of the biggies, keeping those paws protected. Winter brings a new host of walking territory for our beloved pets, from the cold temperatures to salt used to melt the snow. All those things we take for granted because we have thick shoes to keep our feet warm and dry. An easy and affordable way to help you pet this winter is to dry their feet with a towel when they come in from the cold. This can also be a good time to check that your pet’s paws aren’t cracked or cut.
  • It’s harder for you to get warm in the winter and it is for your pets too. Heating up during the cold uses more energy, so make sure they’re getting enough food – but not too much. Energy levels for playing and walking are much lower, so keep an eye out for expanding pet waistlines.
  • Speaking of playing - did you know because it takes longer to warm up, it takes longer for your pets joints to loosen up too? Go gently when playing with your pets in the winter as they will need time to acclimatise to the chilly weather.
  • Well, what about grooming my pet we hear you ask. The APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) have a great list of winter grooming tips – you can find them here, with lots of other useful information.
  • The Dogs Trust gave advice on the importance of having your pet’s microchipped in the winter. The snow can really disorientate your pests and you will have a much better chance of getting your furry friends home if they are chipped – on top of that, it’s now compulsory for dog owners to have their dog’s microchipped. For more information, check out GOV.UK

Wishing you and your pets a wonderful, safe winter from all the Pogo Loans Team.

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