As a pet owner, I know how hard it is to keep pets safe. In fact, my spouse and I had a frightful experience last week with our dog, Roscoe. He is a dog that loves to get into any and everything! If something hits to floor, he think it belongs to him! A family member accidentally dropped a bottle of her prescription pills on the floor, and before we could retrieve them, Roscoe took them and ran! As a result, we had to take him to the emergency animal hospital. Luckily, our mischievous dog is OK.
All of you pet owners probably already know exactly how hard it is to keep pets safe. However, did you know that you need to pay special attention to keeping your pet safe in the winter? Here are tips to help you with the task:
- Keep your pets away from anti-freeze. Make sure you do not leave the bottle anywhere you pet can get to. This is important because pets are drawn towards the sweet smell and taste of anti-freeze. However, even if they consume a small amount, it could be deadly. If this happens, rush your animal to the animal hospital as soon as possible. Your pet can experience kidney failure in less than 24 hours!
- Don’t expose your pet to the cold for long periods of time at the beginning of the season, especially if your pet spends the majority of the time inside your Jefferson at Salem Station apartment. This is imperative because it takes time for your pet to build up their winter coats. By spending most of their time indoors, your pet may not have had an opportunity to grow a ticker coat for protection.
- Wipe your dog’s paws down with warm water after taking your dog outside for a walk on the city streets and sidewalks. The streets and sidewalks are regularly coated with salt in the winter, which can irritate your dog’s paws. In addition, a thorough cleaning will prevent your dog from ingesting harsh chemicals and salt.
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