As the cold days of winter come upon us, BluePearl Veterinary Partners recommends taking certain precautions to ensure your pet doesn’t suffer from cold-temperature related injuries.
Dr. Scott Rizzo, a board-certified specialist in internal medicine with BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Kentucky, offered this advice:
• Antifreeze is highly toxic to people and animals. Cats and dogs are attracted to its sweet smell and taste, and will often sample some if left out in a container or spilled on the garage floor. If you suspect that your pet has come into contact with antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately. The success of treatment to antifreeze exposure depends on quick action.
• Dogs and cats get frostbite! Any dog or cat who is exposed to very cold temperatures for more than brief periods of time can develop frostbite. If pets begin to shiver or their ears, tail, and feet show signs of frostbite such as redness in the early stages and pale, white or patches in more advanced cases of frostbite, bring them inside immediately.