Safety Tips for Dogs in the Winter – Dog Health Issues

Little emphasis is placed on safety tips for dogs in the winter.  As we prepare for the cold months of the year, we generally forget about our pets. 

We add antifreeze to our car radiators to protect them during the winter.  But open containers or puddles of antifreeze can be toxic to our pets.  At the very least, it can cause permanent kidney damage.

Melting salts are added to our sidewalks, driveways, and icy roads.  Pets can get the salt on their paws.  The salt is ingested when they lick their paws.  One solution is to wash their paws after coming in from a salted area.

Extended exposure to the cold can lead to hypothermia and frost bite.  This can lead to injury and even death.

Never leave your dog in a car where the motor is still running – even if you are running a short errand.  Carbon monoxide can be dangerous to our pets.  Cars that are running are easy targets for thieves.

Many plants are poisonous to our dogs and cats. Candles can be knocked over by our pets.  Space heaters my put out too much carbon monoxide.  Never leave one running if all humans have left the house.

I read an article that discusses safety tips for dogs in the winter.  It is called “Holiday plants, products, foods can be dangerous to kids and pets during Christmas season.”

Here is a quote:

As households get ready for winter and the Christmas season, parents and pet owners are advised to be careful with certain plants, products and foods to ensure their families’ holidays stay merry and bright this year.

“During the holidays, it’s a festive time, and we tend to forget about the bad things that can happen,” said Dr. Bill McAlonan of Wilwynn Animal Hospital.

Dr. Bruce Ruck, director of drug information and professional education with the NJ Poison Control Center, recommended “taking the blanket approach” with plants and always keeping them out of the reach of animals and children.

“That way you don’t even have to worry about what the plant is, plus the common name for plants can differ from different parts of the country even though it’s the same plant. We will always work with a person and find out what is was if someone does eat it, but the best approach is keeping it up high,” Ruck said.

The entire article can be found here.  It discusses several other tips we need to follow.  Both live and artificial Christmas trees can be very hazardous to our pets.  I encourage you to read the complete article.

Do you have any safety tips for dogs in the winter?  I know that we all want to protect our pets.  But it is very easy to forget them in this very time of the year.  I wish you the best.

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