A VET charity is urging pet owners to take extra precautions to protect their ‘furry friends’ from the cold weather.

PDSA have released key tips to keep your pets safe as we prepare for snowfall and icy temperatures.

PDSA Vet Lynne James said: “Winter can be a dangerous time for all animals, but fine coated, poorly, young or elderly pets are at higher risk of hypothermia in freezing temperatures.

“Thankfully, there are simple steps we can all take to keep our precious furry family members safe, warm and healthy as the mercury drops.”

These include:

  • Using extra layers, such as a well-fitting and fully-lined waterproof, to help keep your dogs dry and warm.
  • Ice and snow can be painful for large and small pets as it can get stuck between their paws - using a paw butter can help prevent sore cracked pads.
  • When the temperature hits below zero, move outdoor rabbits and guinea pigs to a warm and sheltered area.
  • Try and keep your cats inside during the night but, if they do want to go out, ensure they can easily get back inside.