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ASPCA Offers Cold Weather Tips for Pets

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The temperature is falling to frigid levels across the country, and the ASPCA is reminding pet owners that the cold weather can also be dangerous for our four-legged family members.

Below are some safety tips to keep in mind as the temperature drops:

·         "It is important to always walk your dog on a leash, but when it snows this becomes critical," says Dr. Louise Murray, vice president of the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. "During a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears her ID tags."

·         Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a full coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. When it comes to short-haired dogs, consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck that covers his whole back

·         "Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car, especially during extremely cold weather," advises Murray. "The temperature in the car drop very quickly, and it is not a safe place for your pet to be unattended."

·         Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

For more information, go to www.aspca.org 

From American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

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