Cold winter days are straight ahead, and Michigan Veterinary Specialists recommends taking certain precautions to ensure your pet doesn’t suffer from cold-temperature related injuries. Keep in mind that antifreeze is highly toxic to people and animals. Cats and dogs are attracted to its sweet smell and taste, and will often sample some if left out in a container or spilled on the garage floor. If you suspect that your pet has come into contact with antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately. The success of treatment to antifreeze exposure depends on quick action. Dogs and cats get frostbite! So watch for that when the cold weather hits…and similar to when it is hot outside, never leave your pet alone in a car during cold weather either. In the winter, a car holds in the cold like a refrigerator and your pet could potentially freeze to death. Pets need to have fresh water at all times. If you leave water outside for your pets, be sure it is does not freeze.