Winter Seasonal Tip for Pets in Littleton
It’s another cold one this winter and it’s important to keep your pet’s safety a priority in your mind. The veterinary team at Coal Mine Animal Hospital would like to remind you about these important winter safety tips:
- Sidewalk Salt. When temperatures are below freezing, homeowners often use sidewalk salt or icemelt products to keep people from slipping on sidewalks and driveways. It’s important to remember that these products are actually considered toxic for our pets. Make sure that you wash your pet’s paws gently with mild soap and warm water when they come inside so the chemicals are fully removed and can’t be licked off and consumed.
- Frostbite. During the cold winter months, frostbite is another concern for pet owners. When your pet goes outside to use the bathroom or take a walk, they are generally barefoot, and that can be very harsh on their paws! While some pet owners try to put booties or shoes on their pet’s feet, that doesn’t always work. If they are barefoot, we recommend that they come inside quickly. Also watch for other exposed areas such as noses, ear tips, and tail tips.
- Holiday Plants. After Christmas, we often keep our holiday plants around for many months. Please remember that most holiday plants, such as poinsettias, amaryllis, and lilies, are actually toxic to our pets if consumed. It’s important to keep an eye on the plants to watch for fallen leaves and petals. If your pet consumes lilies, please contact us immediately.
During the winter months, it’s important to keep your pet safe and healthy. If you have questions about your pet’s safety, please ask our team. We look forward to assisting you!