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1 December 2016 14:55:08 |Animal Health,News,Top Tips

RSPCA issues winter advice for livestock owners to keep them safe


Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the greatest difference…

Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the greatest difference…

As December arrives and the countdown to Christmas begins, the weather has turned and the temperatures have plummeted. Winter has arrived and it looks like it's going to be a cold one!
The RSPCA is encouraging the public to prepare for winter and show their love for their animals by ensuring they are safe over the colder months.
Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the greatest difference…
RSCA's top tips for horses and livestock
• If kept outside, they’ll need access to shelter, fresh water and food.
• If particularly cold or wet, some horses, ponies and donkeys may need a waterproof rug.
• Check hooves regularly for problems such as abscesses and loose shoes, and legs, for any signs of mud fever. Owners should ensure horses have access to a dry resting area.
• Arrange a regular routine for visiting and caring for your equine and make arrangements with an experience person to take care of your horse if you’re unable to attend or in the event of an emergency.
• Farmers and smallholders should give extra consideration to young animals and whether they need extra protection from the cold weather.

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