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Keeping Your Pet Safe This Winter: 4 Tips

by Christy Adams

Winter is here, and although you're bundling up to stay warm, your furry pet only has it's own fur and paw pads to stay warm. Your pets look to you to keep them safe and warm during those cold winter months, and it's your responsibility to take care of your pets to ensure they are kept safe. Read on for tips to keep your pets safe this winter.

1. Limit Salt Being Used

Salt used outside to melt snow and ice can be harsh on your dog's paws. It can also be toxic for him if it is on his paws and he licks them. The salt can dry out their paw pads as well. Limit how much you use in areas where your dog may walk. Use sand instead of salt whenever you can. Sand can help aid in traction and isn't toxic or harmful to your dog. Salt can also be toxic to your cat as well if you allow your cat outside.

2. Keep Pets Away From Indoor Plants

Some indoor plants can be toxic to your pet. Plants such as poinsettia can be harmful if ingested. If your cat or dog likes to chew on things in your home, be sure to keep this and other indoor plants up high and away from your pets where they can't read them.

3. Keep An Eye On Your Pets While Outside

When your pet goes outside, be sure to keep a close eye on them. Don't leave your pet outside unattended, and definitely don't leave your pet outside on days where the temperature if below freezing. Your dog or cat have fur to help protect them, but it isn't enough in freezing cold temperatures. If you notice your dog or cat lifting their paws while outside, it's because their paws are freezing, get them inside immediately to prevent injury from frostbite.

4. Keep Pets Away From Antifreeze

Antifreeze that is on the driveway or on the floor of the garage can be tempting for your pet. Don't allow your pet to lick anything that has spilled on your driveway or in your garage, as they can be toxic to your pet. Use oil dry or kitty litter to soak up anything that has spilled on your driveway or in your garage to prevent your pet from ingesting it.

Your pets are looking to you to keep them safe not only in winter, but all year long as well. If you have any questions about how to keep your pet safe this winter, talk to your veterinarian about other helpful tips.