Getting wise to winter hazards

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

Wintry hazards can sneak up on pets, so here are some words of warning.

The sweet taste of antifreeze can be oh-so tempting to our furry friends. But even one lick can kill. So, keep antifreeze containers out of reach, and make sure your car isn’t leaking antifreeze.

Although our pets have warm coats, they’re still at risk for hypothermia when exposed to the cold for too long. Pronounced shivering, lethargy, stiffness and trouble breathing are all signs of hypothermia that warrant a veterinary visit immediately.

Likewise, pets are susceptible to frostbite — especially on their paws, tail and ears. If you notice pale, gray-blue skin that stays cold, have your pet seen right away.

Finally, during the long, dark days of winter, it can be tough for drivers to see pets. That’s when reflective collars or leashes with LED lights come in handy.