Cats, dogs, and cold weather

Always keep your dog on a leash when on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm — when dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost.

Once you get back indoors, wipe off your dog’s paws, legs, and stomach. They can ingest salt, antifreeze, or other chemicals when they lick their paws.

Keep cats inside. Felines can freeze, get hurt, or be exposed to infectious diseases if left outside.

If there are outdoor cats in your neighborhood, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine. Cats may sleep under the hoods of cars to stay warm. The noise will give them a chance to escape before the engine starts.

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