Banish winter woes: 5 tips to help keep your pet healthy and happy through winter

Banish Winter Woes: 5 tips to help keep your pet healthy and happy through winter

Last updated 12/12/2023

As the temperature drops and the days get shorter, it’s essential to be well-prepared and informed about how to care for our pets during the colder months. Here, we’ll share some of our top tips to help you keep your pets safe, comfortable, and happy throughout the winter season. Read on to learn our 5 tips to help keep your pet healthy and happy through winter! 


1. Wash off paws after walks

During winter, roads and pavements can be covered in chemicals like salt and de-icers, which can irritate your pet’s paws and be harmful if licked or eaten. After walks, make it a habit to gently wash your pet’s paws with lukewarm water to remove any potential irritants. Don’t forget to dry them thoroughly to prevent cracked paw pads.

2. Reflective gear

With shorter daylight hours come dark mornings and evenings; it’s crucial to keep you and your pet safe and seen if you walk near or on roads. Invest in reflective gear such as a collar, lead, or coat with reflective strips. You could consider adding a light to your four-legged friend’s collar too, which helps them to be seen on roads, but also enables you to know where they are if they venture off the lead! 


3. Coats

Some breeds need an extra layer in the colder months to keep them happy during walks and outdoor playtime. Ensure it fits your pet correctly and isn’t too tight or loose as this can be uncomfortable or put them at risk of becoming tangled.


4. Risks of anti-freeze

Antifreeze, commonly used during the winter months, contains a substance called ethylene glycol that is highly toxic to pets (and humans). The sweet taste of antifreeze can be appealing to pets, making accidental ingestion a real danger. Ensure that you store antifreeze properly in sealed containers and clean up any spills immediately. Opt for pet-safe antifreeze alternatives whenever possible.


5. Year-round flea prevention

Fleas are not just a summer problem. These persistent pests can survive in our centrally heated homes during winter. By keeping up with regular flea treatments, all year round, you can keep your pet flea free; we recommend treating your pet for fleas every 4 weeks when using Fipnil Plus or Imidaflea. Read more about fleas in dogs and cats.

Banish winter woes: 5 tips to help keep your pet healthy and happy through winter

Winter can be a magical time for you and your pet, but it does require some extra care and attention. By following these tips, you’ll create a safe and enjoyable winter experience for your furry companion. Remember, each pet is unique, so always pay attention to their individual preferences and needs.