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National Weather Service Anticipates Cold Temperatures this Weekend!

• Hot cars are a known threat to pets, but cold cars also pose significant risk to your pet’s health. Limit travel to only what is necessary and don’t leave your pet unattended in the vehicle.

• Cold weather poses several health risks to your pets. Check your dog’s paws frequently for signs of cold weather injury or damage, such as cracked paw pads or bleeding. You may be able to reduce the chance of injury by clipping the hair between your dog’s toes.

• If your pet is whining, shivering, seems anxious, slows down or stops moving, seems weak, or starts looking for warm places to burrow, get them back inside quickly because they are showing signs of hypothermia. Frostbite is harder to detect, and may not be fully recognizable until a few days after the damage is done. If you suspect your pet has hypothermia or frostbite, consult your veterinarian immediately.

• Always keep your pet at a healthy weight. Some pet owners feel that a little extra weight gives their pet some extra protection from cold, but the health risks associated with that extra weight don’t make it worth doing. Watch your pet’s body condition and keep them in the healthy range. However, if you must keep your pet outdoors, they will require more calories in the winter to generate enough body heat and energy to keep them warm. Talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s nutritional needs during cold weather.

• Be aware that a warm vehicle engine can be an appealing heat source for outdoor and feral cats, but it can be deadly. Check underneath your car, bang on the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine to encourage feline hitchhikers to abandon their roost under the hood.

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