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Looking after your pets

Taking care of animals may become more challenging in cold weather. The Scottish SPCA has published winter advice for animal owners.

Tips on taking care of family pets:

  • Don't leave your dog or cat outdoors in freezing temperatures for long. Make sure they haveĀ a warm place to sleep, away from draughts.
  • After a walk in snowy, icy or wet conditions, dry your pet off as quickly as possible and ensure it is kept warm. Some dogs will need a properly fitting dog coat in cold weather.
  • Take care of yourself when walking your dog in icy conditions, as a dog pulling on the lead can cause you to lose your balance.
  • Never leave your cat or dog alone in a car during cold weather.