LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- As winter takes hold, there are common and sometimes invisible winter risks you need to be aware of. Here are five winter situations that could be dangerous for your pet.
Check out the full list from Paw Nation: Protect Your Pet From These 6 Winter Hazards
1. Hypothermia and frostbite - Every dog needs some kind of shelter from the wind, rain, snow and cold. Dogs who spend much of their time outside need a well-insulated dog house or igloo. And don't overlook a pet's need for fresh, unfrozen water.
2. Open flames - Keep your pet away from anything that burns including fireplaces, candles, wood-burning stoves and space heaters. The obvious danger is that flames can singe or set fire to a pet's fur, but they're also at risk for smoke inhalation. Always monitor your animal when they're in a room with an open flame.
3. Chemical poisoning - Common winter chemicals like ice-melting salts, windshield wiper fluids and antifreeze can cause permanent kidney damage, vomiting and seizures. Ice-melting salts can stick to your pet's paws - and cause them to become chapped and painful. Look for pet-safe products, and wash your pet's feet with a warm cloth after he comes in from outside.
4. Carbon monoxide poisoning - Furnaces, gas water heaters, and gas or kerosene space heaters could emit toxic levels of carbon monoxide if they leak. Leaving your dog in the car, or in a garage with a running car, can also result in carbon monoxide poisoning. Installing carbon monoxide detectors can protect every family member.
5. Coffee and chocolate - These staples of a winter kitchen can be toxic for pets. An ingredient in chocolate, can cause seizures and even death if consumed by dogs. Store these items in a place that your pet can't reach.