Make sure to remove any ice or snow from your pets coat and paws immediately when they come indoors. If your pets skin has become frostbitten it may become scaly and turn reddish, white, or gray. If you suspect frostbite, get your pet to a warm area immediately. Thaw out the frostbitten areas slowly by applying a warm cloth; continue this method changing the cloths frequently until the area becomes flushed. Contact your veterinarian after these steps have been completed.
Snow Removal Salt
There may be low to moderate toxicity in the products you use to melt snow and ice. Read the labels and take precautions making sure to store products out of reach for your pets and children. Make sure you wipe your pet’s paws and feet to remove any excess salt when they come indoors.
Even in small doses antifreeze can be fatal. Read the labels and warnings carefully but also remember that all antifreeze products pose a threat to your pet. Clean up any spills and store containers out of your pets reach.
Special winter pet care tips for your feline friends
Keep in mind that cats may climb onto your engine or other compartments of your vehicle for warmth during the winter months. Before starting your vehicle it is advisable to make noise by knocking on the hood or even honking the horn. Remember even if you don’t have cats, a neighborhood cat may have gained access to your vehicle.