As winter sets in here in the Tri-State, here are some things to remember to keep your pets safe and avoid costly veterinary bills!
1) Ice Melt
If you use ice melt in your driveway or on your porches, try to purchase a non-toxic pet-friendly kind. If you have some already that isn't pet-friendly, be sure to avoid letting pets into that area during potty & play time. Wipe dogs' paws off when they come inside so they don't lick ice melt, or put doggie boots on them before going outside. Be on the lookout for signs & symptoms of ice melt toxicity and if you suspect that your pet has ingested some, contact your veterinarian or call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline at (888) 426-4435 immediately.
Antifreeze is highly toxic to pets. And it tastes sweet, so if they find some, they will drink it! Keep it securely stored out of reach of all animals on your property. Again, if you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze, contact your veterinarian or call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline at (888) 426-4435 immediately.
3) Keeping Community Cats Warm
Be sure to put straw in cat houses, NOT blankets! Blankets will absorb water and freeze, sometimes freezing the cat to the blanket or to the floor. Check out Alley Cat Allies' additional tips on helping outdoor cats stay warm in winter.
4) Indoor cold weather hazards
Remove all hand & foot warmers from shoes and clothing where pets could possibly eat them.
Be sure to secure space heater cords away from pets, and unplug when not in use. Pets can easily get electrocuted by chewing on cords, and a "new" cord that isn't always there (such as a space heater in winter) can attract their attention more than the cords they are used to.