Pet Emergencies Increase During
Cold Weather but Can Be Prevented by Following These
During the cold weather months,
veterinarians and animal hospitals around the
country see an increasing number of pet emergencies
brought on by the harsh weather. However, these
emergencies could have been prevented if pet owners
were aware of preventive measures that could be
taken to protect their dogs and cats from the
"The winter months bring numerous hazards
for your pet. Besides the harm that cold
temperatures can cause to dogs and cats, a
growing number of emergencies related to cold
weather related products, such as antifreeze,
coolants and ice melts.
Antifreeze is sweet tasting and a small
amount kills. Any suspected antifreeze ingestion
should be tested and treated as an emergency.
Ice melt is also unsafe for pets. Ice melt
products can be toxic if enough is
To minimize pet emergencies from cold
weather and cold weather related products,
JABMHS offers these tips:
Keep your cat inside. In the cold outdoors,
cats are at risk for freezing to death.
Cats seek shelter in places that provide
protection from the elements, including car
engines. Before starting your car, loudly bang
on its hood to give any outdoor cat who may be
sleeping there a chance to escape. Cats can be
injured or killed by the fan belt if they are
under the hood of a car.
Keep your dog leashed on snow or ice,
especially during a snowstorm, and be sure I.D.
tags are on. Dogs can lose their scent and
easily become lost.
Wipe your pet's legs and stomach thoroughly
after coming in from snow, sleet, or ice. Cats
and dogs, in particular, can ingest salt,
antifreeze, or other chemicals while licking
their paws. In addition, paw pads may also bleed
from snow or encrusted ice.
If you have a short-haired dog, consider a
coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck
that covers the dog from the base of the tail on
top to the belly underneath.
Never leave your dog or cat alone in the car
during cold weather. Since a car holds in the
cold, your pet can freeze to death.
If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to
age, illness, or breed type, take him outdoors
only to relieve himself.
Puppies are not as tolerant to the cold as
adult dogs. If you're trying to housebreak your
puppy during the winter, it may be best to paper
train inside if he appears to be sensitive to
If your dog spends a lot of time engaged in
outdoor activities, increase his supply of food,
particularly protein, to keep his fur thick and
Antifreeze and coolant are lethal for dogs
and cats. If antifreeze or coolant leaks or
spills from your vehicle, be sure to clean it up
thoroughly. As an alternative, pet owners should
consider using products that contain propylene
glycol rather than ethylene glycol.
During the winter, leave your dog's coat
longer for more warmth.
When you bathe your dog, be sure to
completely dry him before taking him out for a
walk on cold days.
When outdoors with your pet, be aware of
signs that signify they are having problems with
the cold. These include shivering, whining,
appearing anxious, seeking out warm places and
moving slow or not at all.
Christmas season is upon us, and many pet
parents plan to include their furry
companions in the festivities. As you gear
up for the holiday, it is important to try
to keep your pet's eating and exercise
habits as close to their normal routine as
possible. Also, please be sure to steer
pets clear of the following unhealthy
treats, toxic plants and dangerous
Be Careful with Seasonal
Plants and Decorations
Oh, Christmas Tree: Securely anchor
your Christmas tree so it doesn't tip and fall,
causing possible injury to your pet. This will
also prevent the tree waterwhich may
contain fertilizers that can cause stomach
upsetfrom spilling. Stagnant tree water is
a breeding ground for bacteria, and your pet
could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he
Avoid Mistletoe & Holly: Holly,
when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea,
vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause
gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular
problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause
kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for
just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk
or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.
Tinsel-less Town: Kitties love this
sparkly, light-catching "toy" that's easy to bat
around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble
can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an
obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting,
dehydration and possible surgery. It's best to
brighten your boughs with something other than
That Holiday Glow: Don't leave
lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn
themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles
over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders,
placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the
room, put the candle out!
Wired Up: Keep wires, batteries and
glass or plastic ornaments out of paws' reach. A
wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical
shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to
the mouth and esophagus, while shards of
breakable ornaments can damage your pet's mouth
and digestive tract.
Avoid Holiday Food
Skip the Sweets: By now you know not
to feed your pets chocolate and anything
sweetened with xylitol, but do you know the
lengths to which an enterprising pet will go to
chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep your
pets away from the table and unattended plates
of food, and be sure to secure the lids on
Leave the Leftovers: Fatty, spicy and
no-no human foods, as well as bones, should not
be fed to your furry friends. Pets can join the
festivities in other fun ways that won't lead to
costly medical bills.
Careful with Cocktails: If your
celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be
sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks
where pets cannot get to them. If ingested, your
pet could become weak, ill and may even go into
a coma, possibly resulting in death from
Selecting Special Treats: Looking to
stuff your pet's stockings? Stick with chew toys
that are basically indestructible, Kongs that
can be stuffed with healthy foods or chew treats
that are designed to be safely digestible. Long,
stringy things are a feline's dream, but the
most risky toys for cats involve ribbon, yarn
and loose little parts that can get stuck in the
intestines, often necessitating surgery.
Surprise kitty with a new ball that's too big to
swallow, a stuffed catnip toy or the interactive
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