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Winter Weather Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe

14 years ago

1st December, 2010 17h40

With parts of the UK being hit with historic low temperatures, and with more snow and ice on the way, it’s worth sparing a thought for our furry friends. Helen Stone with pet poodle, George Helen Stone with pet poodle, George The early arrival of winter poses serious risks to our beloved pets, and pet owners are encouraged to be extra vigilant in the freezing weather. Petplan’s Vet of the Year, Ben Jones, believes that our pets are potentially in more danger in the cold weather, and being more aware can help prevent potential tragedies. Ben’s top tips this winter are:Dog owner, Helen Stone from Reading, agrees that it is important for owners to take extra care of their pets in the cold weather as she has first hand experience of the dangers. When George, her pet poodle, was outside for some air and a run-around the ten year old poodle slipped on ice and crashed into a set of French doors. George was immediately admitted to hospital for internal bleeding and had to undergo surgery to repair a snapped spinal cord and have a disc removed from his spine. Helen said, “George spent three weeks in hospital and has regular visits from a physiotherapist to help him learn to walk again. I couldn’t believe how badly he had been hurt just from a slip in the garden. Thank goodness George was insured otherwise I’m not sure George’s recovery would have been possible, and he may not have survived. It was very scary.” Petplan, the UK’s favourite insurer, has so far paid out over £5,600 to help get George back to full health.

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