With winter bringing snow and ice to Door County, pet owners should keep an eye on their outdoor activities. Dr. Jordan Kobilca, veterinarian and owner of the Luxemburg Pet Clinic in Kewaunee County and the Door County Veterinary Hospital, says he doesn’t actually see an increase in visits, but that doesn’t mean pets don’t suffer winter-related injuries. Dogs, cats and other pets could suffer damage to paw pads after walking or running on ice. Koblica explains how best to take care of a pet who has hurt itself after playing outside.
Kobilca also stresses the importance of safety with toxic chemicals that are frequently used in wintertime, such as antifreeze. Cats should also be kept away from tinsel and string, as cats might eat them.