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Winter Is Coming – Keeping Pets Warm

Keep Your Dog Warm

Fantastic items you can buy to keep your dogs warm and dry this autumn and winter

There are a huge selection of pet products available to keep dogs warm and dry when they are out on walks in those cold autumn and winter months. As we move into winter it is important that smaller dogs are kept warm, especially those with shorter hair. All dogs are able to feel the cold but smaller dogs are more susceptible to cold weather, the same is true for older dogs.

Should I buy a dog coat or jacket?

Dog coats or jackets can provide a little added insulation layer, they can help to trap heat and keep your dog warm. Many coats and jackets incorporate a quilted layer or have fleece linings to provide extra warmth. Jackets start at around £10 so they are a cost effective way to keep your dog warm and dry.

Designer options

As with all products there are designer dog jacket and coats now available in all guises, from your outdoor Barbour style to more funky uptown street styles.

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Fireworks – How to keep your pets calm

Fireworks – Scary time for pets

Fireworks are part of bonfire night celebrations. Fireworks are fun for families and kids but firework displays can be a real concern for pet owners. The loud bangs and bright flashes from a local fireworks display can be highly traumatic for dogs, cats and other pets. Most pets, especially dogs and cats have a heightened sense of hearing, so fireworks can cause barking, panic and other distressed behaviour.

It is always sensible to plan for firework displays and you can do a number of simple things to ease the stress levels for your pets.

If you are able to travel or go away..

  • Get away from fireworks displays. You could book a camping holiday or short break somewhere secluded, get away from large populations and the threat of fireworks.

If you are unable to travel make suitable preparations …

  • Walk your dog/s during the day light, it is much less likely that you will be caught outside with fireworks displays going on.
  • Close windows, curtains and bring your pets into the same room as you.
  • Stay home with your pets and put on some background music or turn up the TV, to attempt to block out the noise of fireworks.
  • Put your pets bedding under a table or under a bed, somewhere that can provide a hiding place.
  • Comfort pets if it helps them relax.
  • Bring cats indoors, ensure cat flaps are secured/locked to keep cats inside.

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Identity Tags – Find Your Pets

Identity Tags – Finding Lost Pets

Identity tags are an important aspect of pet protection and welfare – A simple name and contact number etched on a metal tag, attached to a dog or cats collar can mean the difference between a pet being swiftly returned home to worried owners. Or unidentifiable, lost and un-returnable. 

Traditional metal engraved tags – Simple metal tags are a perfect way to include your name, your pets name and a contact number. They provide anyone the finds your pet the ability to call you and arrange collection or dropping back home.  

Smart pet tags or collars with built in GPS and trackers –  Smart tags and collars are an excellent way of letting you see where your pets are. If they escape, roam or get lost you can activate the tracker to pinpoint their location and hopefully find and collect them. The main issue with smart tags or collars is that they are electronic, so they can get damaged & they rely on having charged batteries. 

  • Walk your dog/s during the day, it is much less likely that you will be caught outside with fireworks displays going on.
  • Close windows, curtains and bring your pets into the same room as you.
  • Stay home with your pets and put on some background music or turn up the TV, to attempt to block out the noise of fireworks.
  • Put your pets bedding under a table or under a bed, somewhere that can provide a hiding place.
  • Ensure cat flaps are secured/locked to keep your cat/s inside.

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