Eight tips for keeping pets healthy in winter

By Deb Young

Winter time can be a fun season for you and your pet. But with the snow and cold weather comes dangers as well.

1. Honk your horn or pound on the hood before starting your car on cold days. To a cat, a warm engine block can seem like a nice escape from cold winter winds.

2. Keep your pet away from antifreeze with ethylene glycol. It’s sweet and extremely lethal, even in small doses.

3. If it is colder than 20 degrees your pet should only go out for short bathroom breaks.

4. Protect your dog from road salt which can become lodged in the paw and cause a painful infection, make sure paws are free from salt after being outdoors.

5. You might think it’s silly but a sweater or coat is necessary for small dogs, old dogs, dogs with short fur or dogs with a combination of these characteristics.

6. Even outdoor cats should be given a break in winter and brought inside Day/night. Felines can freeze, become lost or stolen, injured or killed.

7. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

8. Even out outdoor chained dogs should be brought inside , even in garage or heated basement.

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