Winter’s a good time to cuddle a warm dog
Dog owners are being urged to make sure their pooch stays warm during the winter months.
SPCA national chief executive Robyn Kippenberger says dogs need a toasty place to sleep, just like people.
“Give your dog their own special place in the house and a bed that’s somewhere free from draughts,” she says.
“Dogs lose body heat very rapidly and, just as with humans, a cold dog is extremely likely to be a sick and miserable dog.”
If left outside, pets need a windproof and waterproof kennel, ideally with a wooden floor raised off the ground, and a dry blanket.
Failing to provide proper shelter is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act and owners can face penalties of up to $25,000.
Dogs need regular exercise. A brisk walk can help them keep warm.
“Whatever the shape and size of your dog, one of the best things about winter can be snuggling up together.
“It’s good for dogs and good for humans and makes us warm and contented,” Ms Kippenberger says.