It’s the start of Winter and it seems like the cold weather is just setting in! The hours of sunlight are short, there is a cold breeze and snow is predicted for any day now! As you may notice, this local Hatfield dog walker is no fan of winter. I’ve also noticed that many of the dogs we walk are not big fans of Winter weather either!

Along with the chilly temperatures and slipper sidewalks come a few winter-related dangers to your pets. While some of these dangers might be present all year, they are certainly more prevalent in the colder months. 

  • Antifreeze! Antifreeze (engine coolant) is a serious dangers for all pets. Sometimes in the winter our cars might spring a leak and antifreeze can pool on our garage floors. If your pet gets into the garage, they may want to take a lick of this sweet-tasting puddle. If your furry friend isn’t treated immediately, the effects can be fatal! The ethylene glycol in the antifreeze is the main culprit. If you suspect that your pet has ingested antifreeze, call the Pet Poison Helpline immediately at (855)764-7661!
  •  Salt No, I don’t mean table salt. I mean the stuff made to de-ice roadways and walkways. The salt on sidewalks can irritate and burn your pets’ pawpads. Washing and wiping off your pets feet when they come indoors can help prevent injury. The more serious issue is if your pet ingests the rock salt. Diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, seizures and even death can result from consuming it. Pet owners should try to purchase the “pet safe” options and watch your dog closely on a walk to make sure he doesn’t consume a pile of salt.
  • Rat Poison

    Rodent poison use often increases in the colder months. The cold drives mice, rats and other rodents to seek shelter in our homes. We often turn to pest control to keep them away, but if ingested by our pets, it can be just as deadly!

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