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Winter is a wonderful tie for most people. But for our pets, it can be quite dangerous. They don’t always have the same protection that we do and that can have adverse effects on their health. Talk to your vet about the best ways to prevent illness and conditions like hypothermia for your pets this winter. Don’t hesitate to take them to the vet when you suspect that something might be wrong.Winter Hazards You Should Be Aware Of:
- HypothermiaWE think that it’s alright for pets to be out in the cold during winter because of their fur coats. However, this doesn’t always protect them against the harsh winter conditions. In fact, they start experiencing hypothermia when their temperature drops below the normal range which is 100 to 102.5°F. Hypothermia is a very serious condition that if you leave it untreated, it could cause heart failure, coma, and even death. In order to preserve the function of the vital organs, your pet’s body slows down the blood flow to the extremities and that could lead to frostbite. Watch for paleness or intense shivering as first signs of hypothermia.
- AntifreezeThis is always a big danger to pets. Antifreeze is even attractive to pets because of the fact that it’s brightly colored and sweet to the taste. It also contains a dangerous ingredient called ethylene glycol. If a pet is left alone after drinking anti-freeze, the ethylene glycol could possibly even kill them.Watch for these few signs:* Uncoordination or disorientation* Vomiting* DroolingThese signs will soon resolve themselves in exchange for some serious internal injuries. Next, your pet’s body will start experiencing seizures, kidney failure, and he could even fall into a coma!
- CarsCars are capable of doing various kinds of harm to our pets – especially during the winter. They like snuggling up next to the exhaust and even under the hood and that can be very dangerous. It’s easy to miss a cat or a small dog in the intense snow. They might get caught up in parts of the engine or even get run over! Always check in and around the car before you start up the engine and get on your way.
- Rock Salt or Sidewalk De-icersThese are salts spread on the road in order to melt the ice. These harsh salts can not only harm your pet’s delicate paws, but they can also be a danger to your pet if he consumes it. Most common signs of salt poisoning are diarrhea, vomiting, walking drunk, lethargy etc.
- RodenticidesRodenticides contain deadly chemicals which can be potentially fatal to our pets. Although the intensity of the damage depends on the quantity in which it’s ingested, it’s not a good idea to lay out rodenticides where your pets can find them.