Dakabin centre appeals for blankets and dog coats

Published 5:00am 14 July 2022

Dakabin centre appeals for blankets and dog coats
Words by Nick Crockford

RSPCA Dakabin needs blankets and medium-large dog coats to help pets in its care keep warm this winter.

It is part of a state-wide appeal by RSPCA Queensland to meet needs in many of its shelters and give tips to pet owners.

“When you’re caring for hundreds of pets every day, our teams are always in need of fresh bedding, coats and blankets,” RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Emma Lagoon said.

“Any blankets and large dog coats animal lovers can spare will be greatly appreciated.”

In most need are:

  • Brisbane – blankets, large dog coats, small wall heaters
  • Toowoomba – blankets and large dog coats
  • Dakabin – blankets and medium and large dog coats
  • Noosa – medium and large dog coats
  • Kingaroy – blankets
  • Gympie – large dog coats and towels
  • Mackay – blankets and large dog coats
  • Bundaberg – blankets and medium and large dog coats
  • Cairns – towels and sheets
  • Townsville – heat pads/discs for neonate kittens in foster care.
  • Rockhampton – small heaters

Ms Lagoon said there are other “simple ways you can help them keep warm as temperatures drop”.

Remember to:

  • Keep your pet protected from the wind and drafts by bringing them indoors, keeping them rugged up, elevating their bedding, and moving small pet enclosures out of the elements.
  • Provide extra blankets and warm bedding. Dog and horse coats help this time of year.
  • Keep watch over your senior pets as they may have issues with arthritis and mobility.

RSPCA Queensland’s Chief Veterinarian Dr Anne Chester says it is important to remember elderly pets in winter

“If you notice your pet is showing signs of discomfort associated with arthritis, you should take them to your vet,” Dr Chester said.

“Some symptoms could include stiffness, chewing or licking certain joints, difficult walking up or down stairs and noticeable behavioural changes.”

For more winter tips for your pet, visit the RSPCA website.

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