Pet Wintertime Hazards and SafetyTips

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Along with the end of the Holiday rush, for many of us this New Year, also brings winter’s chilling snow and frigid temperatures. Refreshing your Wintertime Pet IQ helps to make the season as fun for you as it is for your pets.

Antifreeze is deadly for pets! It also smells and tastes good to pets. Less than one tablespoon may be lethal for a ten pound dog. A single teaspoon can be fatal to cats.

Propylene glycol is a less toxic form of antifreeze and can be used instead of ethylene glycol. The brand is called “Sierra. It works just as well in your car but is much less toxic to your pet.

TIP: Beginning January 2013, antifreeze manufacturers in all 50 states will be adding a bitter flavoring agent to antifreeze to make it less attractive to pets and children.

Keep your pets out of the area you’re in when you change and/or drain antifreeze  from your car.

Check your car regularly for radiator leeks as they also contain anti-freeze.

Clean up any chemical spills immediately and thoroughly.

Store chemicals and pesticides in tightly closed containers and keep them in secured cabinets up high out of paw reach.

If you think your pet has consumed anti-freeze, this is a true life or death emergency! Go to your veterinarian ASAP and call ahead while you are on your way!

Ice Melting Products like Rock salt and De-icing chemicals are irritating to your pet’s skin and mouth as well as your pet’s paws and foot pads. Spritz your pet’s feet off with water when he or she comes back inside to help remove these irritating chemicals. Signs of ingestion in dogs and cats include excess drooling, depression and vomiting.

Rat and Mouse baits are usually used more often in cold weather. Place rodent baits in areas inaccessible to your pets. Peanut butter baits smell good and are tasty to pets. Save labels and if you think it’s been eaten by your pet, call ahead and drive to your veterinarian, ASAP. Most pets are treated with Vitamin K therapy and recover without further problems.

Feed your pet a little extra when it’s cold outside. Pets need extra calories to produce energy during cold weather to keep warm.

Provide your pet with plenty of fresh water to help avoid dehydration. Warm up the water and add a little honey or a bouillon cube to stimulate your pet to drink. Chicken noodle soup is great and most pets enjoy a bowl every now and then. Snow is not an acceptable substitute for water at any time.

Bring your pet indoors when it’s very cold outside and if he or she spends a lot of time outdoors’s be sure to provide proper shelter with extra  bedding and a wind flap.

Groom your dog and cat regularly to remove mats. This helps your pets hair coat to provide proper insulation so he or she can stay warm during the winter season.

Frost bite risk areas include your pet’s ears, nose, tip of the tail and ears. Frostbitten areas of your pet’s skin initially turn a reddish color then they become gray.

To Treat Frostbite: give your pet a warm bath and wrap him or her up in warm towels. Offer your pet something warm like chicken soup and call your veterinarian Don’t  rub an area that  has frostbite!

Monitor heat lights and heating pads as they can get too warm quite quickly and can cause skin burns.

Cats enjoy hiding under your car’s hood near warm engines. Before starting your car this winter, look under your hood and honk your horn.

Watch out for frozen lakes, rivers and ponds. Pets can easily to slip and fall in frozen water. Unfortunately not all pets can swim especially in freezing water.

Visit your veterinarian and be sure your pet is healthy as pets, like people are more susceptible to health issues in cold weather.

Give your pet lots of extra attention this New Year and for those pet lovers living in wintertime climates be sure to keep warm and enjoy the season.

Always be prepared and remember the best gift of all is your LOVE!

About Dr. Carol

Dr. Carol is a pet health researcher, a Board Certified Anti-Aging Pet Health Diplomat, a published author and a practicing, holistic veterinarian in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

She welcomes new canine and feline patients.

Dr. Carol also offers pet health consultations and answers pet health questions and makes homemade pet diets by phone and e-mail for her online pet loving community.

Pet owners may contact Dr. Carol directly at her veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for their dog(s) and/or cat(s) today.

Bookmark www.carolonpets.com for the latest pet health news, anti-aging tips and updates for your dogs and cats

 

 

Antifreeze Made Safer for Pets

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The Consumer Specialty Products Association along with the Humane Society Legislative Fund made a joint announcement on December 13, 2012 that antifreeze and other engine and radiator coolants manufactured in all 50 states will now contain a bitter flavoring agent.

Previous to this announcement, antifreeze smelled and tasted sweet which made it attractive to pets and children. Unfortunately antifreeze is also deadly. Less than one tablespoon is lethal for a ten pound dog. A single teaspoon can be fatal to a cat.

The active ingredient in antifreeze is ethylene glycol which if ingested by a dog or cat leads to simultaneous liver and kidney failure which after just a few hours is irreversible and consequently fatal. The treatment for antifreeze ingestion when applicable is intravenous Vodka.

Sierra is a brand name of for a type of antifreeze that contains propylene glycol as the active ingredient instead of ethylene glycol. This type of antifreeze works just as well in your car but is slightly less toxic than ethylene glycol if ingested by a pet. Unfortunately Sierra smells and tasted good to pets so it remains a potential health risk.

According to the Humane Society Legislative Fund nearly 90,000 animals are poisoned each year by ingesting this sweet smelling substance.

Remember to keep your pets out of the area you are in when you change and/or drain antifreeze from your car.

Be sure to check your cat or truck regularly for leeks as they also contain antifreeze. Store antifreeze in tightly closed containers and keep it in secured cabinets.

If you think your pet may have consumed antifreeze, remember, this is a true life or death emergency.

Drive to your vet or the closest emergency facility ASAP and call ahead while you are on your way

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry confirms that Ethylene glycol is rapidly absorbed following ingestion and affects the entire body beginning with the central nervous system, followed by the heart and lungs and finally failure of the kidneys and liver which leads to death.

About Dr. Carol

Dr. Carol is a pet health researcher, a Board Certified Anti-Aging Pet Health Diplomat, a published author and a practicing, holistic veterinarian in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

She welcomes new canine and feline patients.

Dr. Carol also offers pet health consultations and answers pet health questions and makes homemade pet diets by phone and e-mail for her online pet loving community.

Pet owners may contact Dr. Carol directly at her veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for their dog(s) and/or cat(s) today.

Bookmark www.carolonpets.com for the latest pet health news, anti-aging tips and updates for your dogs and cats

Recognizing & Treating Frostbite in Dogs and Cats

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Pets love to romping in the snow and many dogs enjoy winter’s wonders along with their people.

What are some of the pet dangers dog owners should be aware of during cold weather spells?

Brush up on your Pet Frostbite IQ this season with holistic veterinarian Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM., whose tips are presented in Dog Fancy Magazine: December, 2010 Issue.

Page 20; written by Denise Fleck.

Bookmark www.carolonpets.com for the latest news, tips and pet anti-aging longevity updates for your dogs and cats.

Holistic veterinarian and pet health researcher, Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM., is available for pet health consultations and pet health care questions for dogs and cats.

Call Dr. Carol’s veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for your dogs and/or cats.

Cold Weather Pet Tips for Dogs & Cats

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Each year as the seasons change, outdoor temperatures drop and the snow starts to fly, it’s a good time for pet owners to refresh their Wintertime Pet Health Quotient (HQ) so their dogs and cats can all enjoy the slopes and season safely.

Antifreeze, in which Ethylene Glycol, is the active ingredient is deadly for pets! Antifreeze smells good and apparently is also quite tasty to many dogs and cats. A tablespoon of antifreeze is all that’s needed to kill a ten pound dog. A single teaspoon of antifreeze often ends with fatal results for cats.

Propylene glycol, the active ingredient in a type of antifreeze called “Sierra” is a less toxic to pets if ingested and works just as well as ethylene glycol for your car.

• Be sure to keep your pets out of the area you’re in when you change and/or drain antifreeze from your vehicles.

• Remember car radiators also contain anti-freeze, so be sure your radiator is not leaking.

• Antifreeze spills must be thoroughly cleaned up and immediately eliminated from any and all areas your pets may encounter.

• Store antifreeze in tightly closed containers, kept high up out of paw reach in secured cabinets.

• Dogs and cats suspected of consuming anti-freeze, need to be taken to the vet or nearest veterinary emergency facility ASAP! Pet antifreeze consumption is a true life or death emergency!

• Time to save dogs and cats in antifreeze cases is critical! After 2-3 hours of consumption, irreversible and simultaneous pet liver and kidney failure occur, which in the vast majority of cases is lethal. Calling your vet or a local veterinary emergency facility while you’re on the way is very helpful. If possible bring along the label.

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