Pet owners are urged to keep their pets warm when the temperatures drop. Photo: Rob Williams
Pet owners are urged to keep their pets warm when the temperatures drop. Photo: Rob Williams

Pooches keep warm in style

WHEN you snuggle under your warm doona tonight as the temperatures continue to plummet, spare a thought for your pooch who may be shivering outside on its own.

While they have their own furry coat, dogs needs extra protection to combat the icy Ipswich winds, and this winter pooches can be assured they're dressed in style.

Amberley reached a chilly -1.4 degrees yesterday morning, and temperatures were expected to hit a minimum of two degrees this morning.

North Ipswich Pet Shop owner Michelle Bazeley said the store stocked the right winter woollies for your furry friend, including light-weight coats for spoilt indoor dogs and thicker coats for those who slumbered outdoors.

"We like to stick with reliable forms of coats, ones that work, and even have reflective ones for night walking, as well as waterproof and windproof coats," Mrs Bazeley said.

In addition, your pooch can enjoy a lovely warm hydro bath - and the store looks after your scaly pets too.

"We have reptile lights and heating mats for snakes and heat rocks for hermit crabs, as well as fish tank heaters," she said.

Mrs Bazeley said timber kennels provided insulation for your pet, so were a better alternative to plastic or hessian beds.

Ipswich Pet and Aquarium owner Dean Teske said dogs could become sick with kidney problems if they weren't kept warm.

"It is so important to keep your pet warm, especially with the dew and wet weather around," Mr Teske said. "We recommend if they're outside you keep them in a kennel at night with a coat on."

Mr Teske said popular patterns included paw prints, bones, tartan and plain.



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