This winter has been tough on everyone, including pets. Spring may be around the corner, but here are some safety tips from 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 frost-bite 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 hood before starting 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.