DOGS AND COLD WEATHER: Winter Safety Series – INTRO

by Jason Smith

Icy Forest
Icy Forest

In 2009, Kentucky faced a severe ice storm that left the majority of residents without power. Some of the affected areas also had blocked roads due to fallen limbs that had broken off trees under the weight of the ice. While this represents an extreme case of mother nature, we must not forget that even under ordinary circumstances cold weather brings health and safety concerns to our attention.

As you start preparing your home for the winter, we want to remind you to also take time to prepare your dogs for the winter. Over the next few weeks, we will be presenting a series of articles on dogs and cold weather, offering you some tips to be prepared in case of emergency.

The holiday season during the winter months often presents serious danger to pet dogs and cats. First of all, cold weather could result in cold weather injuries such as hypothermia or frostbite. Second, dogs and cats may become poisoned from outdoor chemicals such as de-icers and antifreeze. Finally, holiday plants such as mistletoe and holly berries are other sources of poisoning. The previous version of this article listed poinsettias as a holiday pet hazard. Since the original publication, discovery of new information published by various sources disproves this statement. Although the plant is not toxic to animals, it can cause an upset stomach if ingested.

Over the next few weeks, we will cover each of these topics in detail so that you can be prepared for this winter.

Do you have any tips that have worked for you? Share by commenting below.

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