Watch out for winter

The Scottish SPCA is urging people to make preparations for their animals as another harsh winter looks set to return.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity has issued advice to pet owners, farmers and wildlife enthusiasts on how to provide the best care to animals during severe weather conditions.

Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said, “Freezing temperatures and deep snow can be very dangerous for animals, including domestic pets, equines, farm animals and wildlife.

“In particular, we strongly advise owners not to walk their dogs near frozen water.

“Last winter there were several instances where dogs fell through ice, which could have had tragic consequences for the dogs and their owners.”

Anyone who finds an animal in distress over the winter period is being encouraged to contact the Scottish SPCA for help and advice.

Anyone who spots a sick, injured or distressed animal can call our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.