Frozen water: In some areas of Australia it gets so cold overnight that your pet’s water bowl may freeze over. Sometimes it doesn’t get a chance to melt during the day so your pet will have no access to water. Check your pet’s water twice daily.

Heater hazards: Don’t let your pet sit too close to the fire or heater – he can singe his fur or even burn his nose!

Coats and clothing: A coat might be a good idea for pets that have been clipped or are old and feel the cold, but be aware that most pet clothing is unnecessary and impedes an animal’s ability to regulate his own temperature. Never leave your pet clothed and unattended as he may overheat. (It is not even recommended in the chilly UK – see here)

Who is hiding under the bonnet?: Cats (and other critters) might find a nice warm spot under your car bonnet on a cold night so always turn on your car engine and leave it running for a while before heading off just to be sure.

Anti-freeze: If you are heading to the snow fields and are using anti-freeze in your car, make sure it is out of your pet’s reach. Dogs especially like the initial taste of anti-freeze but it is highly poisonous.