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5 Top Winter Pet Safety Tips

Published date: 12 December 2023

Whether we are graced (or cursed!) with snow this season, it is worth being prepared for those frosty days.

This chilly time of year brings some hidden dangers. So, here are our top tips for keeping your furry friends safe this winter.

Be Wary on Walks

Snow-speckled fields and crisp air make winter walkies beautiful and refreshing. Despite the lovely landscape, it is worth exercising some extra caution, during the colder times of the year.

First and foremost, never let your dog walk or run across a frozen pond or lake. Ice will often not be thick enough to support their weight, presenting a huge danger.

Make sure, to keep a tight grip on your dog's lead during any winter walk. Deep patches of snow can be stumbled into, cause injury or hide potentially unsafe areas. The ice and snow can also be a danger for your pet's delicate paws, remember to wipe down your pet (paws, legs, and belly) when they return from their outdoor adventures.

Remember the cold can make walkies even more exerting for some dogs. Perk up your pooch and give them a boost of energy with a YORA Insect Power Protein Bar.

Steer clear of Antifreeze

Antifreeze poses a huge danger to dogs and cats. Sadly, this extremely toxic substance often smells and tastes enticing to our pets.

By using alternative methods to clear ice from your car, you can reduce the amount of potential anti-freeze in your area.

It is also worth keeping a close eye on your neighbourhood for any cars using antifreeze. This way you can avoid taking your dog to potentially dangerous areas or keep them safe and secure on the lead.


Bang on your Car Bonnet

Cats are heat seekers, so in cold weather, they have been known to retreat under our cars for warmth. Before setting off on a journey (especially during chilly early mornings), make sure to check your car thoroughly.

Circle around your car and check each wheel arch and the tops of the tyres. Next, tap firmly on your bonnet, as moggies can retreat to our engine to soak up some heat.

Be Wary with Christmas Treats

Christmas is a time of family, friends, and food,

As tempting as it is, do not indulge your furry friend with any human treats. Festive favourites such as mince pies, Christmas puddings and chocolate are fatty and dangerous to our pets.

Instead stock up on safe, nutritious, and delicious treats for your furry friends. If your dog has a sweet tooth, why not try some Yora Peanut Butter & Banana Rewards?

If you need to give your pet a distraction during dinner, read our Fun Ways to Feed blog.

Keep ID Up to Date

Our final tip is to keep your pet's microchip and ID tag up to date. With darker walks, there is more risk of your dog getting lost while off the lead. By ensuring their ID tag information is up to date, you can hopefully be reunited quicker!

It is also worthwhile, ensuring your dog or cat's microchip is showing up-to-date information. This can be easy to forget if you have moved address, so take this as a sign to double-check!

We hope you and your furry friends have a safe, warm, and wonderful Christmas.

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