Even outdoor animals, such as rabbits that are kept in hutches outside, should be brought inside during the colder months of the year if at all possible. Small dogs, cats and other small animals should be kept inside for the vast majority of the day. Its advisable not to let cats out during the winter nights and small dogs should only be brought outdoors to relieve themselves.
Depending on the animal, additional bedding can help keep them warm. For a small dog, this may mean adding an additional fleece blanket to his bed, or having a house coat. For a hamster, this could translate into adding additional shredded bedding to the cage for him to build a warmer place to sleep. For small animals, such as guinea pigs or rabbits, pack their hutches with additional straw for nesting.
Cover them up
If your keep outside animals then make sure you take the proper steps to protect from frost. Bubble wrapping, carpet offcuts, and heavy blankets are great substitutes for the many commercially available products out there. Topped off with a waterproof sheet will give some protection from wind, snow and rain. Be sure to check water bottles and drinkers at least twice a day and it is a good idea to keep a spare one just in case one freezes over.Rescue hens and other birds that are lacking in the feather department will also benefit from a lovely knitted number, if you know a knitter then ask for one of these.Dogs will also benefit from a coat before, after and possibly during exercise.....my little whippet also has pj's! You can also get boots for snow time walking with toy breeds. Contact us to see our coat catalogue
Source of Heat
Certain animals may benefit from adding a source of heat such as a hot water bottle. Be wary when using a heating pad, as these can be fire hazards if left unattended. Furthermore, heating pads can cause burns or even kill small animals, especially when left on too high of a setting. We do have animal-safe heating solutions, such as a specialised bed that helps retain heat for the animal.When temperatures drop, it’s important to take extra precautions for small pets. Simple changes, such as keeping the animal indoors or providing them with additional bedding, can help protect them during the winter months. Proper care is vital for keeping small animals alive, especially in a climate that they are not native to.