Winter is Hard on Your Pet Pal Too!

While you are keeping yourself safe this winter, remember your pets are susceptible to the same trials of winter. Susan Nelson, a clinical associate professor and veterinarian at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Pet Health Center, gives pet owners suggestions of things to watch out for, both indoors and outdoors:

• Ice melt can irritate your pet’s paws.

• Only a small amount of antifreeze is lethal to a pet, so don’t let pets drink from water puddles in the street gutters.

• Snow can form painful iceballs on the undersides of a dog’s paws. Remove ice promptly.

• Dogs can suffer from both frostbite and hypothermia.

• Watch pets around fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, and candles so they do not get burned.

• Potpourri can be toxic to pets if ingested.

• Cold weather can worsen the symptoms of arthritis in pets.

• Outdoor dogs need to eat a bit more during the winter months. They have higher caloric requirements to keep warm.