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  • There was a distinct chill in the air when I woke up this morning, and although it could have been the fact that my 8 lb chihuahua was hogging all the covers, I think it is more to be attributed to the fact that December is here and winter is coming! Like any type of extreme weather, the cold can present a whole puppy-load of problems for pet owners and being informed is the first step towards making sure your holidays stay jolly! Find more update at that is best option to get the best resource about the dogs.

    1) Protect Paws From Salt - During the winter it is especially important to take care of your pets paws! When walking be aware of any salt or ice deterrent spread on the ground and help your pet avoid such areas. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals. Also check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.

    2) Watch For Animals Seeking Warmth - Cats are famous for seeking out warm places, especially in the cold! Places like under your car, on the tires or near the engine, are ideal for stray and homeless animals looking to warm up. Before revving up this winter take the time to check around vehicles and generators for heat-seeking animals. 

    3) If It's Too Cold For You, It's Too Cold For Them - As much as we hate being cold, our pets do too! A good rule of thumb is that if it's too cold for us then it is too cold for them! Animals who are left exposed to cold weather for too long can experience disorientation, cracked skin, frostbite, and if left outside too long without the proper precautions the winter months can be fatal. 

    4) Watch Out For Cold Weather Chemicals - Anti-freeze and Ice Melters can be poisonous and fatal to pets. Even the smallest anti-freeze spill should be cleaned thoroughly and immediately to avoid the possibility of animal consumption. Anti-freeze has an sweet smell to animals but even a few tablespoons can be deadly so be sure to keep containers securely closed and put away out of reach. 

    5) Provide Short-Haired and Small Animals with Protection - Smaller pets and pets with short fur/coat should ideally wear a covering or jacket outside during the cold months. They don't have as much insulation to keep them naturally protected so a jacket is essential for keeping them warm and healthy during the winter!  

    Additional tips: Puppies and kittens as well as older dogs and cats really shouldn't be outside for long periods of time, no matter how well-dressed. They don't possess the fat, metabolism, or full fur coat they need to stay warm when temperatures plummet.

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