ERIE, Pa. — The cold and snowy weather is causing problems for humans and animals.
Veterinarians remind people to make sure that pets are not exposed to the cold for long periods. Cats and small dogs or short-haired breeds are vulnerable to hypothermia.
Veterinarian Andrew Bean, DVM, of Animal Ark and Animal Kingdom Pet Hospitals, said the beginning signs of hypothermia, include shivering, lethargy and abnormal breathing.
He said it is important to keep away toxins such as antifreeze. He said pets’ paw should be cleaned after being outdoors.
“Even with just a little bit of water or a wet towel is enough to just get it off and make sure they’re not licking it,” Bean said. “And it also gives you a good time to just check the paw to make sure there aren’t any cracks or fissures or cuts or anything like that that can happen in the cold.”
Bean recommended that people check beneath the hood of their car before starting the engine. He said cats and other small animals sometimes hide there from the cold.