North-east pet lovers are encouraged to take extra care with their furry four-legged pooches as the weather turns colder.
With reports of the coldest weather in decades predicted, the UK’s largest dog charity- Dogs Trust, has launched an appeal asking for dog owners to keep their pets wrapped up warm this winter.
The charity advises that you should let your dog’s winter coat grow, or buy a winter coat if you have an older dog or puppy, as well as keeping your dog on a lead if it is snowing very heavily.
Ensure that your dog is microchipped and wearing an ID tag incase you lose them.
Grit can damage your pet’s feet so make sure you wipe your dog’s legs, feet and stomach when you come inisde after an icy or snowy walk.
For tips on training visit www.dogstrust.org.uk.
Dogs Trust Chief Executive, Clarissa Baldwin OBE said: “With British Winter’s long nights and cold days, it is important to keep your dog safe and warm when you are out walking.
“Dogs Trust has 18 Rehoming Centres across the UK where all our carers work hard providing blankets and heating to ensure all our hounds are kept happy and healthy. We remind dog owners to follow the advice to make sure your dogs have a wonderful winter.”