The clocks have turned back, the days are getting darker and Winter is just around the corner. This usually means a change in routine and management for your beloved pet. We have complied a list of helpful ideas to help you get through the dark nights ahead.
1. In or Out?
Does your pet spend most of the time in the garden or out in the field? You might want to keep them indoors during the freezing months, especially if you live in colder rural areas. If you can’t bring your pet indoors ensure you provide a good quality kennel or shelter.
2. Frozen water bowls
Fresh, water is vital for maintaining your pet’s health. Keep an eye on water bowls and troughs making sure they haven’t frozen. Popping a ball in water troughs can help.
3. Adjusting your pets diet?
Because it takes more energy to stay warm when it’s cold, animals that live outside eat more during the winter, whereas indoor animals, conserve energy by sleeping more in the winter. Dogs and cats also exercise much less when they do go outside, so you may need to adjust the amount of food accordingly.
If your horse is stabled more we have a great range of products that encourage your horse to continue to graze in-store. Consider feeding in a trickle feeder or a treat ball to add variety and haynets or hay blocks are great for slowing horses hay consumption down.
4. Frosty the Snowman
Frost is a serious problem during winter, especially for paws, tips of tails, and ears. This makes it even more important in keeping your pet warm, especially if they’re an outdoor pet. Get special booties, coats, and maybe a hat for your pet during their walks, and look for early warning signs of frostbite such as firm, waxy skin and blisters.
5. Rubber Matting
If your horse is stabled during Winter reduce the time you spend mucking out by investing in rubber stable matting. Stable matting can not only reduce the time it takes to muck out, it can also reduce bedding costs which can be invaluable if you have to get the horses done before work or late at night.
6. Be Seen!
Whether you are hacking out on your horse or taking your much loved pooch out for a walk always consider the changeable weather. High visibility clothing is important all year round but in winter it is even more vital with the dazzling autumn sunlight, glare on the winter roads or when the night is drawing in. We have a great range of reflective products form dog collars and leads to exercise sheets and tabards.
7. Be prepared
Always keep a spare hat, coat and gloves in the car or at the yard. You never know when you might get caught out with the winter weather, a warm hat and gloves and good winter coat is an absolute must!