Here are some tips to protect your pets over the next few winter months.
Prevent Frostbite. Frostbite is an injury to tissue when it is exposed to freezing temperatures. Keep your pet warm like providing warm bedding indoors. Don’t expose your pets to cold temperatures for a long period of time. Consider keeping your outdoor pet inside when the temperature is below freezing.
Take Special Care with Antifreeze. Antifreeze is very sweet and tasty to pets. It is lethal even in small quantities. Buy brands that do not contain ethylene glycol and be sure to keep all antifreeze out of your pet’s reach.
Beep Your Horn. Outdoor cats are known to curl up in warm engines of cars in the winter. They can suffer severe inury from the fan belt when the car is started. Beeping your horn or banging on the hood before starting the engine will help to scare cats away.
Take Special Care Around Bodies of Water. Be careful around frozen lakes and bodies of water. Keep your pets on a leash and do not allow them to walk on the ice. Weak areas can allow pets to fall through.
Protect Your Pet’s Paws. Snow and ice often call for rock salt on sidewalks and driveways. Wipe snow, ice and rock salt off your pet’s paws after outdoor walks. Make sure to clean between their toes too. The lime rock salt or calcium chloride salt commonly used may cause vomiting and diarrhea if the pet licks it.
Never Alone in a Cold Car. Don’t leave your pet alone in a car during the cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter because it holds in the cold and can cause an animal to freeze.
Use Care with Candles. Candles are often part of the winter ambiance. Candles are also one of the leading causes of house fires. They can be knocked over by jumping cats, running dogs and wagging tails. Ensure the candle is weighted with a dome to protect pets. Do not leave the room where there is a lit candle.
Protect Your Pet from Burns. Winter is the time of year when house fires are more likely to occur. Take special care to monitor wood stoves, space heaters and other heating sources to protect pets from being burned. Burning ambers can get into your pet’s coat or he may be curious and touch hot surfaces.
Place a Fire Sticker on Your Window. Fire hazards are at their peak during the winter months. Make sure your smoke detectors have fresh batteries and include your pets when you develop a house fire evacuation plan. Place a sticker on your windows to alert firefights that there are pets inside.