Fall and Winter Tips

Cats in the cool

Outdoor cats getting lost and injured is doubly dangerous in cold temperatures. Also, cats seeking warmth under the hood of your car can be injured or killed by the fan belt. Bang loudly on the hood before starting the engine to give cats a chance to escape.

 

Dogs in sweater weather

Keep your dog on a leash. Dogs can lose their scent in snow and ice and easily become lost. Keep ID tags on your dog and consider a microchip as a safe and permanent form of identification.

 

Dogs love its sweet flavor, but antifreeze is very toxic and can cause kidney failure and death. Clean up spills and make sure your dog does not have access to antifreeze, including spills at gas stations and rest stops. Signs of ingestion include lethargy, vomiting, incoordination, excessive urination, excessive thirst, low body temperature, seizures, and coma. If you suspect your dog has ingested antifreeze get him/her to a veterinarian immediately.

 

Wipe your dog's feet and belly after being out in snow and ice to limit injury to the pads from encrusted ice and reduce the risk of ingesting salt, ice melt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous substances.


 

A longer coat helps keep your dog warm, so avoid haircuts in cold seasons. Be sure your dog is completely dry before going outside after a bath. Consider a sweater or coat for short-haired breeds, puppies, and geriatric or ill pets. And sweater or not, leaving your pet in the car could be life threatening.