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Winter Safety for Pets

Posted by Administrator on 1/7/2015 to Pet Threads News
Winter Safety for Pets
Harsh winter weather conditions can be hard on humans and pets alike. Here is some helpful information on how to help keep your pet safe. Do not leave pets outdoors or in vehicles for extended periods of time when it becomes uncomfortably cold. Limit going outside to potty breaks and short periods for exercise. Short-haired, very young or very old dogs and all cats should never be left outside without supervision. Short-coated dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater during walks or potty breaks. If your pet is shivering, time to bring them in. Be aware of signs of hypothermia and frostbite. Signs of hypothermia include violent shivering, listlessness, lethargy, muscle stiffness and lack of appetite. Frostbite occurs when unprotected skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. In pets, frostbite effects the ear tips, tails and pads of the feet. Skin will turn bright red, followed by pale coloration, then turning black as the tissue dies. Contact your vet if you see these symptoms in your pet. Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet's feet. Use pet safe salt on your property. If you walk your pet in a public area, be sure to wipe your pet's feet with a damp towel before he licks them and irritates his mouth. Trim excess fur from your pet's pads to keep snow and ice from accumulating in between their toes. Antifreeze is a deadly poison that has a sweet taste, which may attract some animals. Wipe up any spills and store antifreeze out of reach. Keep this information in mind as we endure the lovely season called winter.