Winter Risks for Animals

What are winter risks for animals?

1. Hypothermia. If it is too cold for us to stay out for long, remember that animals will get cold as well. Some dogs and cats do great in the winter but all need access to shelter. Ask you veterinarian what would be too cold for your particular animal.
2. Injuries - slipping on the ice or cutting pads/legs on crusty/icy snow is common. Monitor the environment where your animals walk and play.
3. Toxins - exposure to antifreeze is much easier in the winter because we are using it so much. Keep this out of all animals access.
4. Increased ingestion of road salt can cause issues and if walking in high use areas, rinse your pets feet off with warm water when coming inside. Dry well.
5. Do not let animals run across open bodies of water even if thought to be frozen.
6. Weight gain. This may not be an obvious winter risk but more animals gain weight over the winter through inactivity and more treats. Try to keep calories controlled and keep exercise up. This will make your pet happier and healthier.

Enjoy the winter!

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