Pet Winter Safety (cont.)
Pet Winter Safety: Know the Signs of Hypothermia and Frostbite
When cats and dogs are exposed to the cold for too long, their body temperature -- which is usually between 101°F and 102.5°F -- can drop fatally. Here's what you need to know as you keep a close eye on your pets in winter.
Hypothermia Symptoms in Dogs and Cats
Wrap your pet in a warm blanket or coat (you can warm blankets and coats in the dryer for a few minutes).
The best way to manage hypothermia is to avoid it. Always provide warm, dry shelter for pets when they're outdoors.
Frostbite Signs in Dogs and Cats
Frostbite happens when a part of your pet's body freezes. For cats, that may involve the paws, tail, or ears; for dogs, the tail, ears, foot pads, or scrotum. Severe winter weather, especially when windy or humid, can lead to frostbite. Watch for:
It doesn't take much to keep our pets safe when things get frosty. Just like us, our feline and canine friends need shelter, warmth, food, and care. When winter's chill sends you scurrying indoors, don't forget your furry four-footed pals and their simple needs this season.
SOURCES: Marla J. McGeorge, DVM, Portland, Oregon.
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