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High numbers of vets report treating cats for antifreeze poisoning
51 per cent of vets who treated toxic ingestion in cats over 2019 festive period saw cases of antifreeze poisoning.

BVA warns pet owners of potential winter hazards

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging pet owners to take extra precautions to ensure that their pets are protected from winter hazards, as a large number of veterinary surgeons report seeing cases of toxic ingestion caused by antifreeze.

As freezing temperatures and icy conditions are forecast in many parts of the country, cats, dogs and small animals are at a much greater risk of harm from the hidden and potentially fatal hazards that are present during this period.

In it's January 2020 Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey, the BVA found that 51 percent of veterinary professionals who treated toxic ingestion in cats over this period saw cases caused by antifreeze.

The association wants to ensure that pet owners are aware of the dangers of antifreeze and that they clean up any spills immediately and keep bottles well out of reach.

As part of it's advice, the BVA reminds dog owners to protect their pets from cold weather by providing them with coats and wiping grit or ice from their paws after a walk.

Additionally, owners of small animals are encouraged to ensure that hutches and cages are well-protected from ice, snow and rain. Providing extra bedding where necessary.

BVA senior vice president Daniella Dos Santos advised anyone concerned about their pet's health in this cold weather to seek advice from their local veterinary practice.

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New series shares recipes for pet-safe festive treats

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 Battersea has launched a new Christmas baking series across all it's social media channels, to teach owners how to make pet-safe treats for dogs and cats.

The two-part series will show dog owners how to make Christmas dog treats using xylitol-free peanut butter and banana. Meanwhile, cat owners will be taught how to use rolled oats and turkey to make a festive snack for their pet.

Battersea also reminds pet owners of the importance of insuring that animals maintain a healthy balanced diet and adds that these food items should only be given as a treat.

To view the series, please visit Battersea's YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

Image (c) Battersea. 

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