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Keep Your Pets Safe & Warm This Season

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While that cold air can hurt us, it can also harm your pets. While that cold air can hurt us, it can also harm your pets.

NBCRightNow.com - While that cold air can hurt us, it can also harm your pets.

Not all pets are bred for colder temperatures. Veterinarians we spoke with Friday say even the salt and chemicals we use to deice our driveways can harm pet's paws. Wipe them with soft towels to clean the chemicals off. While you may put them outdoors to exercise, monitor the amount of time they are in the cold.

"Pets need to have exercise outdoors, that's understandable," said David Wiens a veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital in Kennewick. "But making sure we're not outside for too long and making sure they're not exposed to that cold weather. They can develop frostbite on their toes, their ears...definitely a concern."

If you are using antifreeze for your car, animals can smell it out and eat it, which can be harmful to their health. Store it where they cannot get to it. Also, keeping them well fed will help them produce more energy to fight off getting too cold.

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