RUGGED UP: Dr Kristy Stone, of Karalee Karana Veterinary Surgery, helps Lady keep warm for winter.
RUGGED UP: Dr Kristy Stone, of Karalee Karana Veterinary Surgery, helps Lady keep warm for winter. David Nielsen

Why winter can be a ruff time for pets

MOTHER Nature is making sure we know that winter has arrived and if you're outside at all, you probably can't wait to get home, put on some flannel pyjamas and sip hot chocolate.

But what about your pet? What's keeping him warm during winter's chill?

Ipswich pet owners are being reminded that just because dogs or cats have fur, it doesn't mean they never get cold.

In fact, the cold season is the most common for sickness in animals and veterinary experts are urging pet owners to take some precautions during the coming months.

Ipswich veterinarian Dr Kristy Stone said pet owners might overlook potential health risks posed by cold temperatures.

Dr Stone, who works at Karalee Karana Veterinary Surgery, said pet arthritis was the most common problem suffered by pets in winter, with the cold weather aggravating arthritic joints.

She also said other serious illnesses like hypothermia could occur if the animal's body temperature fell below normal.

Dr Stone advocates the use of dog and cat coats as well pet heat pads, especially at night when temperatures drop

She said it was a good idea for owners to wash their pets during the day with warm water and if possible dry their cat or dog with a hairdryer.

Another tip to remember is that pets can become dehydrated in the winter just as much as summer, so owners are encouraged to remember to regularly give their furry friends water.

Cats and dogs also have a tendency to sleep under the hoods of cars to stay warm by the engine, so remember to honk the horn before starting the car to give your pet a chance to escape.

For more information visit karaleekaranavets.com or phone 3282 7888.

Ipswich Winter Weather

  • Today: 9-21°
  • Tomorrow: 10-21°
  • Monday: 12- 19°
  • Tuesday: 10-21°
  • Wednesday: 11-22°


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