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Written by Brian Adam   
Saturday, 28 December 2019 18:22

When walking your dog, keep them leashed and under control. Your pet can slip and fall which can lead to pulled muscles/ligaments or worse. Avoid icy walkways to keep you and your pet safe. Your dog can also pull you off your feet in slippery conditions so please take extra caution. 

After a walk, your dog’s paws should be washed and dried. Salt and de-icing chemicals spread on sidewalks can cause irritation to the feet and digestive upset if swallowed.  You may choose to purchase boots to keep your pet's paws clean and dry.

Remember that short-coated, small breed dogs, puppies and senior dogs can get cold quickly!  Be sure to keep outings short in extreme temperatures, if it is too cold for you, it is likely too cold for them. Some dogs may need a properly fitted sweater or coat when going outside in the cold winter months.

Never leave your pet alone in a car during the cold weather.A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter and your pet could become hypothermic.

Anti-Freeze poisoning is a common poisoning in pets. This commonly used chemical has a sweet taste that can lead your pet to easily intake fatal amounts. Keep your pet safe by cleaning up any spills in the garage or driveway. And store the bottle somewhere away from your pets. 

Avoid holiday hazards and trips to the ER Vet.The holidays present many opportunities for your pet to get into things. Keep those holiday treats away from your pet and be sure to keep presents containing food items off the floor. Tinsel and other decorations can be pretty on the tree but may cause trouble for your pet if ingested.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 December 2019 18:35
 


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