If you think your pet may have ingested antifreeze or another potential toxin, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-(888)-426-4435 immediately.
Most forms of ice melts are dangerous to your pets. Sodium chloride (rock salt), Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride, and all Calcium salts (calcium carbonate, calcium chloride, and calcium magnesium acetate) are all dangerous to consume. And while animals generally do not seek out the salty taste, it may get onto their paws, or the melting may create an enticing puddle to drink from. Calcium salts are the most hazardous causing the most severe irritants of all the ingredients in ice melts.
Our furry friends are not immune. Some may have thick coats of fur and heavily callused paws but this is not complete protection. The most common areas for dogs to get frostbite are actually their ears and tips of their tails. It is also possible to have noses, paws, lips, bellies, and any other area that may get wet become susceptible to frostbite. The clinical signs associated with frostbite include (but are not limited to):
What to do: If you suspect your dog has frostbite, immediately seek medical attention.
Interim first aid suggestions include:
Move your dog to a warm, dry area as quickly and as safely as possible.
If your dog is suffering from hypothermia, a low core body temperature, treat the hypothermia first. (Symptoms include: shivering, confusion, stumbling, and sluggishness). Slowly raise their body temperature by wrapping them in warm dry towels or blankets.
Here at MHS we have several programs and services that could help you and your furkids during dangerous weather conditions. Through our Animal Safety Network we can temporarily foster your pets through the difficult time at no cost to those in need.
The MHS Boarding and Daycare facility has limited space especially on short notice, but sometimes cold weather causes cancellations, so please call and inquire about any openings.
MHS Animal Safety Net call us at (603) 354-4004
Hundred Nights Shelter and Offices – (603) 352-5197
Monadnock Peer Support – (603) 352-5093
City of Keene Human Services office – (603) 357-9809