Keeping you dog safe in the winter

With snow coming to most states across the country its time to take precautions to keep your fuzzy family members safe:

From the Humane Society of the United States, remember these tips:

1) Keep Pets Indoors and Warm
Leaving pets outside and unattended increases their exposure to quickly changing temperatures, and exposed noses and paws, and lungs can quickly freeze.

2) If your dog does stay outside, provide protection
Provide shelter with a raised floor, covered with straw or a bed, and ensure the opening faces away from the wind.

3) Dietary Needs Change
When pets are outside their metabolism runs faster. They may need more food and more water as their body works harder to stay warm. Plus, Dexter likes to run endlessly in the snow. In the summer he just walks around the yard.

4) Protect pads and paws
Use dog boots or thoroughly wipe paws after coming indoors to prevent salt ingestion and dried-out pads.

5) Avoid Antifreeze
Watch out for vehicle leaks in the garage and driveway. With more antifreeze used, make sure leaks are plugged, jugs are sealed, and drips are cleaned immediately.

6) Keep your Pet With you!
Not only are pets safer when they are with their family, they are also safer!

Read the full list at the Humane Society website and make this a safe year for your pets!

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