Press release

Take extra care of pets in the cold weather

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

People have been urged to take extra action to ensure the welfare of their pets, livestock and wildlife during the cold weather.

People have been urged to take extra action to ensure the welfare of their pets, livestock and wildlife during the cold weather.

Chief Veterinarian Nigel Gibbens said:

“Our animals need extra care during this cold weather.  I know many pet owners are already thinking about what else they need to do. But for those who aren’t - there are some really simple steps they can take to ensure their pets stay healthy and happy during the cold weather.”

Things people can do include:

  • Think about housing for your pets.  Where pets, such as rabbits and guinea pigs, are kept outside in hutches think about bringing them into garages/sheds where it is warmer;
  • Horses and ponies that are kept outside should have access to shelter;
  • It is important to ensure a good supply of drinking water, and ice should be cleared from it regularly;
  • There should be regular provision of food for the animals;
  • In an emergency you should contact an animal welfare group.

More information is available at www.defra.gov.uk/food-farm/animals/welfare/weather/