As you prepare for the winter months ahead, remember to take precautions for your pet as well.

Here’s a Checklist:

Ethylene glycol or antifreeze can have a deadly after taste for pets. As little as one teaspoon ingested by a cat can be deadly and one tablespoon can be lethal to a 20 lb. dog or three tablespoons  for a 60 lb. dog. If you suspect antifreeze poisoning in your pet, call us immediately. The prognosis is excellent if treated within several hours after ingestion.

All pets need shelter from the elements and they should not be left outside for long periods in freezing weather. Just like us, they can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite. Young pets, seniors and pets with arthritis are prone to more discomfort in cold environments.

Always provide fresh water. Licking ice and eating snow is not an adequate water supply.

Trim between toes on dogs that have longer hair to avoid ice ball formation.

Pets walking on  sidewalks that have been de-iced, can end up with chapped and painful paws. After an outing, wash off your pet’s feet with warm water to avoid gastrointestinal irritants.

Ice skating is not a good winter pastime for your dog. Falling through thin ice can cause hypothermia and cruciate tears can occur from “skating” on icy walks.

If you have questions about your own pet’s winter well being, call us! 208-726-7777.