Seasonal Tip: Winter Animal Safety
In addition to providing your pet with professional, compassionate wellness services, Colma Animal Hospital also provides you with tips to keep your pet safe and happy in every season. With the cold winter weather here, it’s important to know what risks your pet faces, and what you can do to keep them safe.
1. Be prepared. Avoid leaving your pet outside for long periods of time when it’s cold. When he is outside, make sure he has a warm, insulated shelter to stay in with plenty of food and unfrozen water. Consider getting your pet a coat or booties to wear when he’s outside.
2. Keep antifreeze away from pets. Antifreeze is great for our cars in the wintertime, but not for our pets. It has a sweet taste and smell that’s enticing to pets, and they don’t know it’s poisonous. If consumed, antifreeze can cause severe, even fatal, damage to your pet. If you think your pet has consumed antifreeze, medical help should be sought immediately. Signs of antifreeze poisoning include: lethargy, disorientation, grogginess, and in severe cases vomiting, oral and gastric ulcers, and kidney failure. Wipe up any antifreeze spills, and keep it in a sealed container that’s far out of your pet’s reach.
3. Reconsider rat poison. When rats or mice try to come into your home, the typical response is to set out rodenticide. The problem with that is that rat and mouse poison is toxic to any living creature that consumes it – this includes your pet. If you think your pet has consumed rat or mouse poison, call your local veterinarian immediately. Symptoms to look out for include: lethargy, coughing up blood, pale gums, difficulty breathing, vomiting, and collapse. Keep rodenticides sealed up tight, and far out of your pet’s reach, or don’t use them all together and try alternative ways to rid your home of rodents.