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Cold Weather Dangers for Your Pets
Here are a few tips to help keep your dog healthy in the cold weather.
- Don’t allow them to eat snow. Even though it may be freshly fallen, snow could cause spasms in the gastrointestinal tract which can lead to diarrhea, stomachaches, and colds.
- Keep them away from Antifreeze. Antifreeze has a sweet taste that can be appealing to animals. If swallowed, antifreeze will cause death, so be aware of puddles in driveways and garages.
- After your walk check your dog’s paws for de-icers or rock salts. These substances can irritate paws and cause illness if pets lick and swallow enough of the de-icing product off their paws.
- Dry dogs off well after being outside. Their best protection is their coats so when you get back to the house, towel him/her off so the cold and wetness doesn’t chill them.
- Limit the length of your pet’s walk in cold temperatures. When it drops well below freezing, the typical pet should spend no more than 10 to 15 minutes outdoors. Dogs who are left outside for too long can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite. Extremities, like ear tips, paws and the end of the tail are particularly susceptible to cold injuries.
- Never leave your dog alone in a car during cold weather. In the winter, a car is just like a refrigerator, trapping the cold air inside and can cause him to freeze to death.