Winter in Ohio is tough on our pets too!

Windshield washer fluid is poisonous to pets

While we are experiencing warmer weather for Ohio in January (did you see all of the people out jogging, taking their pet for a walk and even riding their bicycles?), we do want to take this opportunity to remind you that winter is a hard time of year for our pets.

The snow and ice (when it arrives) is particularly hazardous for those pets who already struggle with arthritic conditions and mobility issues.  Please exercise caution not only when taking your pet for a walk but if you happen to be able to let your pet into and out of the house independently.

Some additional safety concerns include:

* Do not leave antifreeze, coolant or windshield wiper fluid within reach. And do not let pets drink from puddles. These products taste appealing to pets but most are lethal to animals when ingested. So thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle. Also, keep your pets on leash outdoors and steer them far away from any suspect puddles.

* Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold. The animal can freeze to death. Of course, do not leave animals, or children, in cars during very warm weather either.

* Cats left outdoors and wild animals sometimes climb onto car engines or beneath cars to seek warmth. Please bang on the hood of your care honk the horn before starting the engine to warn cats away.

Give us a call today at (614) 888-4050 if you have any concerns with respect to your pet’s safety this winter season!

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