As Canberra experiences its first taste of what’s to come this winter, we’re being reminded to spare a thought for our pets.

With overnight temperatures across the Nation’s Capital dipping below zero this week, the RSPCA is encouraging us to make sure our pets are kept warm and comfortable at night.

ACT CEO, Michelle Robertson says, despite their furry coats, pets still feel the Canberra cold.

“Keep you animals inside as much as possible, if your pet is unable to stay inside please make sure that they have access to winter-proof shelter.”

If your pet does need to stay outside for extended periods during low temperatures, there’s no reason they can’t look good while doing it.

Ms Robertson suggesting to owners to buy their pets a coat or jacket to help keep them warm.

“just make sure that it’s the right fit for the species and that it’s not too tight.”

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We’re also being warned about the dangers the winter season brings, with cats often looking for warm and toasty spots to lay in around the house around.

It’s important to be wary of your pet sitting too close to heaters or fires as they can fall asleep and end up with dry skin or burns.

It’s also important to ensure your pet has fresh water in the morning, making sure it hasn’t frozen over during the night.

Of course the best way to keep you and your pets warm this winter is to spend time together, snuggling up to each other.