Keep a closer eye on your pet during icy spells, fire service warns

Tuesday, 22nd January 2013

As winter reaches its peak and ice sets in across the UK, many pets may be tempted to stray onto the ice where rivers or lakes have frozen over, which is why owners should be extra vigilant and keep a closer eye on their animals during frosty weather.

The Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is advising owners to keep their dogs on leads at all times when walking them around areas where water has frozen over in order to stop them from stepping onto the ice.

Each year the emergency services are called out to deal with numerous cases of humans and animals falling through the ice after misjudging its thickness.

It is also advisable to keep your pets inside during the coldest snaps in order to prevent them from losing too much heat.

Dogs and cats often lose their sense of direction in the snow as their environment transforms out of all recognition, which is why they should not be left outside unsupervised. Pets who do become lost in the snow can quickly lose a great deal of body heat, leading to hypothermia.