7 Dec | Posted by Jeff Langer | no comments |
It is that time of year again! The weather changes and we spend more time indoors. I know my dogs are not happy about this. They love playing in the yard and chasing tennis balls. Soon the snow will fly and the temperatures will really drop. Here are a few things to keep in mind about your pets this winter.
It is the toxin ethylene glycol that makes antifreeze lethal. It tastes sweet and dogs love it! Antifreeze poisoning affects the brain, liver, and kidneys. Ethylene glycol is found in engine coolant and hydraulic brake fluids.
Salt and Paws
You can use a paw balm or petroleum jelly to protect your dogs paws from road salt. Salt can cause chemical burns to sensitive foot pads. You can also use boots to protect paws and keep your pup looking fashionable!
Staying Warm and Dry
Make sure your furry buddy has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.
Getting Together with Family and Friends
Cats and dogs are fascinated and excited by all the new items around the house for the holidays. Watch out for chewing and swallowing foreign objects. Also poinsettias and mistletoe are poisonous to pets. As the family is gathered around the table, it can be difficult to resist those big brown eyes of your whimpering buddy. Table scraps are the leading cause of gastrointestinal upset in our pets. Please keep them safe!
Have your dog play safely and get plenty of exercise this winter. Building a snowman can be lots of fun!