(HealthDay News) -- Cold weather dangers -- such as ice-melting chemicals and sleet -- can affect your pet's health, says the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
To help keep your pet safe this winter, the ASPCA urges you to:
- Remove snow between your pet's foot pads. Towel dry your pet after walks.
- Wash and dry your pet's feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals.
- Never shave your dog down to the skin during the winter.
- Avoid bathing your pet during cold spells.
- Keep coolant and antifreeze far away from your pets. It is lethal.
- Feed your pet a little extra during the cold months.
- Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep.
The ASPCA says if it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your pet. Keep your pet inside.