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Winter may look pretty, with everything covered in snow, but it’s not the best time for your health. We all know that winter means keeping yourself protected to avoid the flu and falling sick, and the same goes for your furry friends. They too can get sick easily during the colder weather if necessary steps to prevent these illnesses are not taken.
It’s important to keep your pet safe from certain health hazards which are extremely common during winter. But first, you need to know what these hazards are, what you are protecting your pet from. Below we talk about the 4 most common health hazards for your pets during winter:
Hypothermia means extremely low body temperature which is a result of prolonged exposure to a cold environment. Winter is not just cold, but it can be wet too, which means that your pet’s fur tends to get wet. This wet fur can freeze, and cause hypothermia as well. If you pet has become lethargic and is constantly shivering, it may mean hypothermia. Keep them warm and protected whenever you are stepping out of the house with them by making them wear sweaters, coats and booties.
If you pet has frostbite due to spending too much time in the cold without necessary protection, it means their tissue shave been damaged. This results in their skin looking extremely pale and sometimes, even blueish in color. If your pet has hypothermia, there is a high chance they have frostbite too. Make sure to check their paws, ears and tail to see if there is any change in color. If so, make sure to keep them warm by covering them in blankets and take them to the vet.
• Kennel cough
Kennel cough, despite its name, can affect both dogs and cats. It’s called so because it is more likely to be seen in pets which are often confined to small spaces with little ventilation and light. It is a viral infection that is most common during winter, and its most obvious symptom is a persistent cough. Sneezing constantly and having a runny nose are also other common symptoms. Make sure to take your pet to the vet as soon as possible.
• Anti-freeze poisoning
Anti-freeze contains ethylene glycol, a chemical which gives its sweet taste. As a result, pets often lick anti-freeze off of the street, sidewalk and even garage floors. However, this is harmful for your pet and not meant to be ingested. Signs of anti-freeze poisoning include not being able to walk properly, vomiting, seizures and even a coma. Make sure to keep this product out of your pet’s reach and thoroughly clean all spills.