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With temperatures steadily declining don't forget your pets.
Muskingum County Animal Shelter Society Director, Jody Murray says that animals should receive a wellness check around this time to detect any serious medical issues.
"Cats and dogs are just like people," said Murray. If they have any kind of chronic health problem it will be made worse by cold weather and the winter time. if they have any kind of arthritis or breathing problems it's a good time to have check up."
Along with checking their health, Murray says that during winter months pet owners should be aware that there are more toxins and chemicals on the ground that could harm their animals.
"There could be salt out there, there could be anti freeze and those kind of things so you want to be aware of those thing. If you are out walking and when you bring your animal back in it's a good idea to kind of take a towel and wipe them off, particularly check their feet to see if they have any types of open wounds or anything," said Murray.
Murray also suggests keeping the animals in shape and remembering not to leave them outside for extended periods of time in the cold weather.