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Posted on 01-10-2018
It's no secret that temperatures can drop dangerously low in Columbus during the winter months. And if it's too cold for you to be outside for an extended period of time, the same applies to your pets. This time of year, our Columbus veterinarian at Hamilton Road Animal Hospital always likes to remind pet owners of some basic cold weather safety tips for pets of all sizes.
If you have a cat who likes to spend time outdoors, try to keep your cat inside on days when temperatures drop below freezing. Even on days when temperatures hover around the freezing mark, outdoor cats should have access to covered shelter at all times.
Dogs should never be left outside for extended periods of time when temperatures drop below the freezing point. Even dogs with multiple layers of fur (such as Huskies) can freeze to death when temperatures are cold enough; an undercoat or heavy coat is not enough to protect your dog from frigid temperatures.
Always be on the lookout for signs of cold-related medical problems in your pets after they've come inside; this includes hypothermia. Some of the most common symptoms of hypothermia include lethargy, a low heart rate, shivering, and dilated pupils. Seek medical attention immediately if your pet shows any of these troubling symptoms.
If you see a neighbor leave a pet outdoors for extended periods of time when temperatures are below freezing, don't hesitate to contact animal control. This could be the difference between life and death for a pet who is suffering in the cold.
Winter can be an extremely dangerous time for pets, so be sure to keep these safety tips in mind. If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment with our Columbus veterinarian this winter season, feel free to give Hamilton Road Animal Hospital a call at (614) 239-0027.
What steps will you take to keep your pet safe this winter?
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