Antifreeze, which often collects on driveways and roadways, is highly poisonous. Although it smells and tastes good to your dog, it can be lethal.
- Rock salt, used to melt ice on sidewalks, may irritate footpads. Be sure to rinse your dog’s feet after a walk with a warm, damp cloth or towel and be sure to dry them off afterwards.
- Provide plenty of fresh water. Your dog is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer.
- Frostbite is your dog’s winter hazard. To prevent frostbite on its ears, tail and feet, don’t leave your dog outdoors for too long.
- Be very careful of supplemental heat sources. Fireplaces and portable heaters can severely burn your dog. Make sure all fireplaces have screens, and keep portable heaters out of reach.
- Dogs can be more susceptible to illness in the winter. Take your dog to a veterinarian if you see any suspicious symptoms.