Brandywine Veterinary Hospital Warns Of Cold Weather Dangers For Pets
Pets can be vulnerable to several health issues in winter that can cause discomfort or harm or threaten their lives. At Brandywine Veterinary Hospital, serving Chadds Ford, Greenville, and surrounding areas, we take this opportunity to warn pet owners about the dangers of cold, winter months.
When temperatures drop below freezing levels, bring your furry animals inside your home to prevent hypothermia and frostbite. If you have pets who normally spend most of their time outdoors, make sure to provide shelter against cold winds, snow, and ice.
Damage to Paws from De-Icing Chemicals
Snow and ice melting chemicals can cause drying or burning of the pads on paws. When you bring your pets in your home from a walk outdoors, wipe the bottoms of the paws and underside of the coat with a cloth dipped in warm water to remove these harmful chemicals.
Frozen Lakes and Ponds
A romp in the snow is a favorite activity for many dogs in winter. However, be careful that they don’t wander out onto frozen lakes and ponds. Sudden thaws can cause thinning of the ice and the risk of drowning.
Seeking Out Warm Vehicles
Outdoor cats may seek out warmth on the engines or undercarriages of vehicles. Bang on the hood and look under the vehicle to evacuate any animal that may have settled in for shelter.
Antifreeze Is Poisonous To Pets
Carefully monitor any leakage from your vehicles that might collect on the floor of your garage or driveway. Antifreeze has a sweet taste that attracts animals, but it is extremely toxic. Wash down any leakage of this fluid to prevent the poisoning of your pets.
For More Pet Tips, Contact Our Animal Hospital
Our veterinarians and staff at Brandywine Veterinary Hospital use their many years of experience to provide quality care for their patients in Chadds Ford, Greenville, and other nearby communities. We offer many services, including examinations, vaccinations, dental care, parasite prevention, surgery, pain management, puppy and kitten care, and boarding. Call us today at 610-459-0500 for an appointment to have your pets checked and to learn the best ways to protect your animals in cold weather.