Caring for Pets in Winter

Cape Town is well known for its heavy winter downpours and icy winds that bluster across our city. It’s important not to forget our pets feel the chill despite their furry coats. The best solution for winter’s woes is to keep your dog or cat inside with you and your family when it’s cold outside. The happiest dogs are taken out for regular exercise but kept inside the rest of the time.

Here are a few tips for protecting your pets this winter:

  • Keep pets inside

Don’t leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops. During walks, consider putting short-haired dogs into a doggie sweater. If you must keep your pet outdoors please provide your dog with a warm, dry, and draft free shelter outside.

  • Proper Nutrition

In winter it takes more energy to stay warm when it’s cold, and that’s why outdoor animals need to eat more during the winter. Fresh running water is always vital for maintaining your pet’s health.

  • Never shave your dog

Shaving a dog’s coast down to the skin removes vital warmth and protection during the colder weather.

  • Ensure your pets tags are secure and updated 

    with contact information in case they go missing 

  • Speak out if you see a pet left in the cold

If you see an animal left out in cold weather please gently ask the owners to take the animal inside. If the issue continues please contact your nearest SPCA with a time-stamped photo of the animal so they can address the situation.

Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet.  Please keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can suffer hypothermia, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed. Don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as fridges that keep in the cold leading to animals freezing to death.