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Health Tip: Protect Your Pet in Cold Weather

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(HealthDay News) -- Prepare for cold winter weather by making sure your pet has had a vet visit in the past year and that you are aware of all potential medical problems.

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation suggests how to protect your pet in the cold:

  • Be aware of your pet's tolerance for the cold. Some will fare much better than others.
  • Shorten your pet's walks if necessary during snowy and cold days.
  • Keep pets inside if possible. Like people, pets can develop frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Examine your pet's paws for signs of cold weather injuries, such as cracked paws or bleeding.
  • Dress your pet in a sweater or coat.
  • Wipe your pet down after a walk in the snow. The pet's fur might bring in deicers, antifreeze and other toxic chemicals into your home.
  • Equip your pet with a well-fitting collar, including an identification tag. Or implant a microchip under your pet's skin.
  • Prepare for a cold weather emergency by having adequate pet food and medication on hand.

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