Emergency Management News

Friday, December 19, 2014

Winter Pet Protection

In many parts of the country, winter can prove dangerous for four-legged family members. Taking extra precautions during winter months can ensure your pets stay happy and healthy when the temperatures plummet. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) suggests these steps:
  • Keep pets warm and indoors. No matter the temperature, windchill can threaten a pet’s life. Pets are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite when outdoors during extreme cold snaps;
  • Protect paws from salt. This and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Be sure to wipe off their paws with a damp towel; and
  • Avoid antifreeze poisoning. Antifreeze has a sweet taste that may attract animals, but is a deadly poison. Don’t allow pets to wander unattended near driveways, garages or other places when they may come into contact with antifreeze.
Switching to a brand of antifreeze containing propylene glycol can lower your pet’s risk of poisoning, but it’s still toxic.
Take action today! Learn how to detect the early symptoms of antifreeze poisoning in your pet. Then, sign up to receive the latest pet news, action alerts and more from the HSUS.

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