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Insider Blog: Keeping pets safe in colder weather

While you're grabbing extra layers heading out be sure you also have the cold weather gear for your furry friends! They feel the cold as much as we do, especially in their extremities and faces. Lots of tips for keeping your pet warm are many of the same things you would also do for yourself.

Extra layers are always a good option especially for smaller animals, while some furrier pets may enjoy the chill. Regardless you should protect the most exposed parts of their body, as paws and ears can be the first to suffer frostbite. Paw protectors are a must in wet and subfreezing conditions where frostbite can set in under a half hour. You can also consider a scarf that insulates your pet's ears and neck along with extra coats.

Padding up your furry friend is just part of how to keep them safe especially when winter arrives. It's important to monitor pets around snowfall and avoid allowing them to eat snow. There can be any number of chemicals in snow and antifreeze is deadly. You should also watch where they walk for salt that can irritate their paw pads. It's a good idea to wipe their paws after any time outdoors in case of any irritants. Keeping your furry friends safe will allow them to enjoy the colder season outside alongside you.

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Nate Splater

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