Win­ter’s a good time to cud­dle a warm dog

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

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.

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