Patricia Thurman

It's Cold Outside!

Winter can be tough on everyone, including pets. Spring may be around the corner, but here are some tips offered by the ASPCA:

-- Wipe paws, legs, and stomach when your dog comes in to protect him from ingesting salt, antifreeze and other chemicals. Pads may bleed from snow or encrusted ice; vaseline works well to soothe and protect.

--Animals are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia. Noses, ears, and pads can quickly freeze, causing damage.

--Never leave a pet alone in a locked vehicle. A car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold, just as it acts as an oven in summer.

--Be wary of frozen bodies of water especially in March when there may be a partial thaw.

-- Cats sometimes look for warmth under hoods of parked cars. Bang loudly on the hood before starting your engine to alert an unsuspecting feline.

Animals get cabin fever, too, and maybe a little more quality time with your pet inside will make you both happier!

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