Oh my goodness, it’s really getting cold isn’t it?
I hope you’ve all got nice snuggly homes, not to mention scarves and coats for the outdoors. But animals don’t have scarves and coats, so we need to help them.
These may look pretty but they can be so dangerous. If you have a pond at home and it freezes over, try to remove the ice to stop it harming what lives underneath. Get an adult to carefully place a saucepan of hot water on the surface to gently melt a hole in the ice – never tip boiling water straight onto the pond or break the ice with force.
If you have a dog you must keep them, and yourself, well away from frozen ponds and lakes. Thin ice may break under a dog’s weight!
Keep pets happy
If you brought any of your outdoor pets, like rabbits, inside for the autumn, make sure to keep them there throughout winter.
And don’t forget to keep taking your dog out for walks, even if you may not feel like it! It’s very important that they keep up their exercise and daily routine.
Horses and ponies
If you have horses or ponies that stay outside, they must have access to shelter at all times. Read more about caring for horses and ponies in winter.
And don’t forget we can still help our garden birds by leaving out food and water. There may still be fireworks too – especially on New Year’s Eve – and your pet might be scared. Read my autumn tips for advice on those things.