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5 Important Cold Weather Tips All Pet Owners Need To Know

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Winter is a tough time for people with pets. Animals still want to gooutside, whether it's to go to the bathroom or burn off all that excess energy, but the cold weather and snow makes it really difficult. How can you know when they are struggling with the temperature? What should we be doing to make it easier for them? Here's everything you need to know to help your pet thrive this winter

1. Know their limits

The cold weather is a lot for us to handle, but imagine having to walk around in bare feet! Just because animals have fur, it doesn't mean that they are completely immune to the cold. New laws have made it illegal to leave your pets outside, but temperature isn't the only thing you need to worry about.

Snow, ice and rain can all attribute to dangerous conditions for pets and they should be protected when these things are going on. Also, keep in mind the age of your pet and any medical conditions they have because certain issues can be affected by temperature.

2. Bang on your hood

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Cats and other wild animals that spend time unsupervised outside can get themselves into some dangerous situations. When you pull into a driveway and your engine is all warm and toasty, they might think it's the perfect spot to curl up for a nap. If you don't bang on the hood to give them some warning before your engine starts it could result in them getting very badly injured.

3. Check their paws

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If you find your feet are getting dry, their feet are probably feeling dry as well. Keep an eye on the condition of their pads to make sure they aren't getting cracked. There is a special wax you can use that will help them get moisturized and protect them from the salt. You can get it at most pet stores, on Amazon, or even make your own. It's easy and will help keep your babies safe!

There are also some very important things to watch out for...

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