Veterinarian Cary Waterhouse reminds pet owners that winter preparations should include animals. As families stock up for possibly being snowed in, they should be sure to have plenty of pet food and other supplies on hand. Cold is one of the more obvious hazards to animals -- particularly those with short coats -- but de-icing agents used on sidewalks and antifreeze are serious concerns, too. "It only takes a few drops of antifreeze to kill or seriously harm a pet -- and since it tastes sweet, many pets will drink it from puddles or off their feet," Dr. Waterhouse writes.

Related Summaries