Seasonal Care Advice

Each season brings its own challenges and concerns for our pets - here's a quick guide to make sure you can keep them healthy and happy all year round. The most important thing to remember is to have fun with your pet - we offer a great range of outdoor toys and treats to make sure they can enjoy the weather as much as you!

Summer

Summer is the season of barbecues, garden parties, long walks and holidays. Most of us are outdoors for much of the season, so it's doubly important to make sure we know where pets are and whether they're happy, as they may become distressed and run away if they are worried.

Caring for you dog at home throughout the summer

At Home

Your home is your pet's personal domain, and they may be quite territorial. Lots of visitors can cause anxiety and stress, so make sure they have somewhere to retreat to such as a kennel or a bed in a quiet room of the house, with access to water and comforting items. Check on them periodically, just to reassure them and make sure they're okay!

Care for your dog in the garden throughout the summer

In the Garden

If you're spending more time in the garden, you need to be careful not to leave out anything that may harm your pet. This might include gardening tools, electrical cables, burning candles, or barbecues that have not fully cooled down. Always be aware of how you have left your garden, as if your pet needs to go out while you are indoors you may to be able to fully supervise them. If you have a pest problem, seek out pet-friendly pest control methods.

Care for your dog when you are out and about throughout the summer

Out and About

We love walking in the UK, and there's nowhere better to be in summer when the sun is high. Whether you're walking through the woods or over farmland, make sure you keep your dog on a lead, as if they see a wild animal instinct will kick in, and we can't always predict which way they will run! Make sure you also clean up after your pet, too, and encourage others to do the same, to prevent the spread of potential pests and infections. We offer a comprehensive range of scoopers and bags to help you keep the natural environment clean.

Winter

Care for you dog at home throughout the winter

At Home

While we may not always be at home in winter to have the heating turned on, it's important to remember our dogs, who may find the house cold during the afternoon while owners are out at work. Make sure there is at least one room in the house that is kept warm, and add lots of blankets and bedding to give them something to snuggle into. Make sure they're given a good walk throughout winter, to ensure their joints and muscles are still well-exercised.

Care for you dog when you are out and about throughout the winter

Out and about

It's important to walk your dog in winter, but there are certain considerations to take into account. Pets usually don't mind a little wind and rain, but it can be uncomfortable for them if their feet get cold on wet or icy ground. A waterproof coat will ensure their own fur coat does not absorb the cold rain, and you may even find that bootees help keep their feet from getting frozen and sore. If pets begin to shiver, get them indoors straight away - most dogs are hardy creatures, but they're not weather-proof!

Holidays: Choosing a Boarding Kennel

Leaving your pet behind while you set off in search of sun can be distressing for all parties, so it's important to find a kennel where you know they will be taken care of. Visit the premises in person to make sure they are clean, tidy and secure, and that your dog will have its own space away from other animals to retreat to if it gets anxious. Ask how often pets are given exercise, and ensure that there are outdoor areas sheltered from the rain and wind. You should also check that the kennels are temperature controlled, and that there is suitable lighting and heating.

The kennels should ask you to provide your vaccination certificates - if they don't, chances are they haven't done so for the other dogs, and your pet could be at risk of coming into contact with infections. Make sure you leave the number of your vet, in case there are any emergencies.