Five tips for keeping your pet warm and healthy during winter

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HUMANS aren’t the only ones that need to keep themselves warm and healthy when winter hits.

Our furry friends are equally important – particularly on those long, cold nights.

Here’s five handy tips on keeping your pets warm and healthy this winter.

1. Check where they sleep

On colder nights, make sure your pet’s sleeping spot is warm by providing extra blankets and ensuring beds, enclosures and cages are away from drafts.

For outdoor dogs, kennels and hammock beds keep them off cold concrete or paving and there are even heated beds and mats available.

2. Consider pet clothing

A dog coat is an easy and stylish way to keep your dog warm and there is a huge variety of dog clothing available, from knitted jumpers to waterproof jackets.

For long-haired dogs, it is important to regularly brush out matting and knots that may be created by a coat rubbing, especially around the neck and under the front legs.

3. Don’t forget exercise

Exercise is still an important part of your pet’s routine, despite the outdoors being less appealing.

With dogs, it might be still dark during your morning or evening walk, so consider high-visibility clothing and glow-in-the-dark toys and accessories.

4. Keep them entertained

Keeping your cat indoors makes it easier to avoid infectious diseases and keeps them out of trouble with neighbouring cats., h

However, it can limit their physical activity, so keep them active with interactive toys that encourage movement and mental stimulation.

5. Pay special attention to the ones who need it most

Be mindful of how the cold weather can affect young, old and ill pets.

Puppies and kittens have less fat and fur, meaning less insulation on their bodies and many older pets suffer from arthritis that can be exacerbated by the cold.


Opening Thursday, June 28, Petbarn Armadale offers a huge range of products and advice to keep your pets healthy and warm this winter.

Head to the grand opening on Saturday, June 30, to meet the team, browse what’s on offer and enjoy the coffee van, popcorn cart, face painting and live reptile display.

Petbarn Armadale will offer a range of services including Greencross Vet with Dr Julie Butler, DIY dogwash, Cat Haven adoption centre and a grooming salon coming soon.