By Diane Levitan, VMD
As the weather gets colder outside, pet owners need to take special precautions to ensure the safety of their dogs and cats. Follow these tips for a safe winter:
- If your pets spend a large amount of time outside in the winter, make sure they have access to plenty of fresh food and water. Remember that the water will freeze so keep an eye out or keep the water in a place where it will not freeze.
- Antifreeze can be deadly to your pet. Its sweet taste is appealing to many pets. Once symptoms are noticed, it is too late for an antidote and many pets die due to this toxic chemical. If you know your pet has ingested this- seek veterinary attention immediately! To decrease the likelihood your pet will be exposed, purchase only ethylene glycol free antifreeze.
- Cold temperatures are hard on our pets too! Without proper shelter, pets can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia, just like we do. To protect them, keep them inside if possible or provide adequate shelter outside with hay or insulation from the cold. Booties and sweaters are helpful to prevent exposure to cold. Booties will also prevent exposure to salt on the ground that if ingested, can be toxic to dogs and cats.
- Older pets, pets with arthritis and even puppies may be more severely affected by cold weather. Keep everybody indoors if possible! - Article courtesy of Pet360