Tips for pet safety during Winter

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - With cold weather and outside conditions on the horizon it's important for pet owners to keep a few things in mind to keep their pets safe, healthy and comfortable this Winter.

Shelter crucial for pets as the seasons change, as is readily available, clean water and watching out for hypothermia.

The most important thing to keep in mind is shelter. Pets should have access to a comfortable and warm shelter to protect them from outside conditions, snow and cold weather.

Certain dog breeds are better made for cold weather than others. Short hair dogs such as Chihuahuas should not be kept outside too long, while long hair or thick-coat dogs such as Huskies can withstand much colder temperatures. If your dog will be outside during winter think about booties or coats for the dog as hypothermia and frostbite is very possible.

With dogs walking outside in the snow and on pavement it's crucial to keep them off of ice as that can be dangerous and to wipe their pads so they don't get antifreeze or road salt in them.

As for cats, it's important to make sure they have shelter and water as well. Cats can be more resourceful at fending for themselves, but owners should still have spaces cats can go to keep them protected and warm.

Other things to keep in mind are to wear a reflective vest if taking your pets on walks at night and have an emergency kit for your pet with a blanket, food, water and medication; enough to last five days is recommended.