|Tips for wildlife and pets
Prior to our December snow, it seemed every time, I looked out into the garden, more leaves had fallen. Take care when sweeping or shovelling up leaves, twigs, or dried grasses that there is not a sleepy hedgehog or frog amongst the leaves.
During the cold weather, always check the car before starting the engine and driving off. Cats have been known to curl up on top of tyres to get close to a cooling car engine to keep warm. Banging on the bonnet will give them warning and time to get away.
If you are someone with a bird bath, just as in the summer we check to ensure the water has not evaporated; at this time of year we need to check the water has not iced over. Birds need calorie-rich suet, sunflower hearts and peanuts to maintain fat reserves on frosty nights.
If you have a pond, the RSPCA tell us to check for ice as toxic gases can build up if it freezes over, and may kill fish or frogs hibernating at the bottom.
Most of us enjoy treats over the festive season. Pets enjoy treats too.
Did you know chocolate contains two ingredients that can be toxic to our feline and canine friends? - (caffeine and a chemical called theobromine.) If you think your pets may have eaten chocolate, it is always best to check with your vet.