Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe Through Cold Winter

With winter taking its grip on the Philadelphia region, here are some tips for pet owners to keep their pets safe during the cold weather and holidays. The tips are from Humane Pennsylvania and Penn Vet.

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The best way to keep your pets warm is to keep them indoors as much as possible.
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When you take your pet outside, do not keep it out for extended periods of time.
Keep walks short. For short-haired dog breeds, you may want to put a coat on them.
Protect your pet's paws from rock salts after a walk by wiping them clean as soon as you’re done with a walk. This prevents your pet from licking, and ingesting, the salt. You can also put boots on it.
Keep your pets well-fed. Your pet may require more calories to maintain their normal body condition in cold temperatures.
Be cautious with older pets. They may have a hard time keeping warm in cold temperatures.
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Provide an insulated, wind-proof shelter for felines. You can buy one online or easily make one!
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Be sure to change your pet's drinking water frequently. Keep it fresh and unfrozen!
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Dropping temperatures can be deadly. Call your local police or animal control agency if you see an inadequately unsheltered pet.
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The following holiday plants are toxic for your pet: poinsettias, mistletoe, holly and yew. Do not leave your pet unattended for it may consume one of these plants.
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Watch out for tinsel, electric wires, glass ornaments and dough ornaments. If your pet ingests any of these, it can cause great harm internally.
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