Winter Pet Safety 101

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Cold weather can be tough on all types of domestic animals, so heed these seasonal tips from the ASPCA:

Fortify their feed Pets who live outdoors—such as horses—should be given more food, particularly protein, to help them generate body heat. Make sure outdoor animals have clean, fresh, unfrozen water, too.

Do a post-walk wipe-down Clean up your pup after a romp in snow: He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other dangerous chemicals when licking himself. Crusted-on ice can also make paws bleed.

Check under the hood Outdoor cats often sleep under the hoods of cars. Bang loudly on the hood before starting the engine to spook them out of harm’s way.



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