Protect your animals well from the cold TEST 5 TITR


While animals are naturally better equipped than their masters to deal with bad weather, sub-zero temperatures can affect their well-being. This is all the more essential if the animal frequently goes outside and risks frostbite to the extremities – legs, ears – or hypothermia. Be careful, this can have serious consequences and lead to veterinary emergencies… Not to be taken lightly!


Any animal living permanently outside must have a shelter to protect it from wind, snow or rain. Another very important point: the food rations must be increased daily by 20% when the temperatures become negative and the kennels must be provided with a floor mat for better insulation.

For equines, pay particular attention to the water trough, which can sometimes be covered with ice… and which must therefore be broken at least twice a day. On the ground, lay out sawdust or sand, it absorbs humidity… and prevents the horses from slipping!

If your cat spends a good part of the day outside, he will quickly come back to get warm. As far as possible, provide permanent access to the interior, through a cat flap for example. Worried owners can be reassured: a cat will always seek shelter when it can't come in.

During walks – the duration of which will be shortened by extreme cold – provide clothing for small dogs or those whose hair is very short and/or fine. Be aware that there are goggles for animals transported on two wheels in specialized stores. Slippers are also recommended as they not only protect the pads from freezing, but also from the salt spilled on the sidewalks in winter. You can also dry and clean the tips of the paws on the way home to avoid irritation because the salt is very aggressive.
For horses, specific blankets are particularly useful.

At home

Home heating can be a dehydrating factor because it makes the air drier. Don't forget to regularly fill a bowl with fresh water, since both dogs and cats tend to drink more at this time. Indoor animals are not affected by the increase in food rations: they exercise less and gain weight easily.

Do not groom your pet too much at this time. Let his fur live, his winter hair grow… and protect him effectively. A healthy animal regulates its internal temperature by itself. Animals can suffer from rheumatism, the pain of which is accentuated by cold and humidity. For example, you can place the basket near a radiator, and preferably away from drafts, such as near windows or doors. The advice is the same for old or convalescent animals: more fragile, they need to be watched more closely.