Winter Can Bring Hazards For Pets

During the Winter months keep pets safe and protected  

 

Winter can bring many hazards for your pets   

During the winter months our pets need extra care and protection. As temperatures and daylight hours are reduced it can be hard for our beloved animals to adapt. It is important for them to stay safe and warm and in fact many will want to stay indoors.

Here are just a few things you can do to help your cat during the cold months:

Extra playtime helps to keep your cat active, especially if they are staying indoors more. From dawn till dusk (their prime hunting times) they become more active.

Safe Spaces – make sure they have plenty of areas to escape to around the home, extra spaces for them can help make them feel safe, warm (ensure areas are draft-free) and cosy.

Road accidents – during these months especially when it is dark cats can get run over. Keep your pet indoors and if they want to go out avoid letting them out at night and only during daylight hours. Make sure they are safe and protected at home before it gets dark and avoid rush hour.

Some Foods can be dangerous to your cat so watch out for potential toxic foods like chocolate, fruit cake and meat bones.

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A microchip is a computer chip is about the size of a grain of rice. It encodes a unique ID number which is placed under your cat’s skin. Microchipping your pet helps increase the chance of you being reunited with them should you lose them or if anything happens to them. Losing a pet can be traumatic, so protect your pet to help improve the chances of bringing your lost pet back to you.

Antifreeze can be poisonous – it can leak or spill and because the main ingredient in the liquid is ethylene glycol, it is highly toxic to cats and even a small amount can be potentially fatal.

Ice, snow, and grit used on the roads can irritate paws so always check their paws and pads for ice and snow because it can build up in the space between their toes and potentially cause frostbite.

Hypothermia can affect any cat but happens to be more common in cats with short or wet hair. It is when the animal has been exposed to extreme temperatures and becomes too cold. Some symptoms can include muscular stiffness, tremors, rapid breathing, and open mouth breathing because of respiratory distress

Lack of exercise during these months could help to pile on the pounds and can become depressed with less sunlight and shorter days during the winter, so monitor their weight and food intake. This could become a problem and result in serious adverse health effects like diabetes.

All batteries are potentially toxic and can be easily be chewed or swallowed and can cause obstructions, chemical burns or even metal poisoning. With an increase use of batteries for toys and remote controls be aware of batteries around the home and the dangers these pose on your pet.

Some plants have some toxic elements that could prove dangerous to your cat. Some can cause anything from mild stomach upset to serious illness such as kidney failure. Plants such as poinsettias, lilies, poppies, mistletoe, and Chrysanthemums all must be kept out of reach as they are toxic and harmful. If you every suspect your cat has eaten part of a toxic plant, then seek veterinary advice immediately.

Warm places – cats love to find warm places to curl up and nap so watch out for areas of dangers like open fireplaces, these can cause fires and burns.

Warm engines are also other places cats like to hide, always make a noise and bang on the bonnet, and check around the car and inside the bonnet/engine for any animals before starting your engine.

If you are every worried or concerned about your animal, contact your vet as soon as possible or find your nearest vet emergency clinic or vet hospital immediately.