Winter warnings

By Connie Orcutt • Published: January 1st, 2018
Category: Animal Airwaves

Our pets need extra attention during the cold months of winter. And that goes beyond just keeping them warm.

When the snow’s falling outside, most pets are warm and cozy indoors, but some still need to venture out for walks. After wintry strolls, be sure to examine your dog’s paws for packed snow or irritation. If your pooch walked through a deicer, rinse that off too. It can sting paws and be toxic if licked.

However, on the toxin meter, antifreeze scores much higher. Pets like its sweet taste, but just one lick can be deadly unless treated immediately. Keep any pet far away from possible antifreeze leaks.

Cold, damp weather can also cause arthritis to flare up. If your furry friend has aches and pains, having pet-friendly pain relievers on hand can save the day.

Be prepared so you can both enjoy — and not dread — a winter wonderland.