Pet winter safety: How to protect your pets during extreme cold

With temperatures reaching down to the teens, News 12 put together a list to help you protect your pets during the extreme low temperatures. With temperatures reaching down to the teens, News 12 put together a list to help you protect your pets during the extreme low temperatures.
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With temperatures reaching down to the teens, News 12 put together a list to help you protect your pets during the extreme low temperatures.

According to Suffolk County SPCA, cold weather can be as dangerous for pets, as it is for humans.  Pets have a more difficult time regulating their body temperatures and may be more susceptible to problems from extreme temperatures. 

Keep your pets indoors - if left outdoors, they can get frostbite, become disorientated and get hypothermia.

Be aware of exposure time - take dogs out only to relieve themselves. Many dogs also need boots in winter weather, regardless of coat length.

Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter - if your dog is long-haired, simply trim him. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat or sweater. Towel dry your pets as soon as he comes inside.

Clean your pet's feet - salt can irritate or burn, as well as causing vomiting and even seizures. Antifreeze can be deadly if ingested.

Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells - washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. 

Be careful with cats - warm vehicle engines can attract cats who may crawl under the hood.

Remember, if it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your pet, according to the ASPCA.

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