Pets Can Get Cold-Weather Injuries

POSTED BY: Emily Baird
Monday, February 15, 2010 - 07:01 PM
Pets & Snow

The snow is piling outside, which can cause some problems for our four-legged friends.

They can develop cold-weather injuries because most go outside without covering their paws.

"A lot of dogs have hair in between the pads of their feet. You can get ice, snow, and salt from the sidewalks built up in that, which can cause burns, frostbite, or things like that-cause a lot of discomfort for the pet, " says Executive Director of the Animal Shelter of Muskingum County, Larry Hostetler.

It's a good idea to keep a sidewalk or path clear for dogs to go outside and use the restroom.

Hostetler says some enjoy the white stuff while others needed a little push to get there.

"My dogs love the snow. They love to get out and play in it. Then you have other dogs-smaller lap dogs with short coats-that want to go out, do their business, and come right back in, " says Hostetler.

It's important too that during winter weather, you provide your pets with a dry, warm place to stay, and you check to see that they have food and water available.


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