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Tips to keep pets safe in freezing temperatures

Posted at 7:23 PM, Feb 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-08 22:24:56-05

Pet owners have heard the saying time and time again, if you’re cold, so is your pet.

As temperatures drop into the 30’s, freezing temperatures and frost can be deadly if pets are outside for too long.

Veterinarians say older, smaller dogs are most at risk for hypothermia, which can also weaken the immune system. Dr. Jagbir Kahlon says if dogs or cats have to be left outside, it’s best to provide them with an outdoor shelter, blanket, or heat lamp.

If they are inside a shed or garage, remove common poisons like antifreeze.

“We have seen pets getting exposed to antifreeze because they tend to seek shelter in the garages,” said Dr. Kahlon.

The toxic agent has a sweet taste to pets but can be deadly. As little as five tablespoons can kill a dog and just one teaspoon can be fatal to cats.

Warm engines in parked cars can also attract cats and small wildlife who are trying to escape the cold temperatures. To avoid injuring them, you’ll want to bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting up the engine.