5 Winter Safety Tips to Protect Your Pets in the Cold

Minnetonka, Minn. — After a warmer-than-normal winter so far, the first arctic blast of the season is in the forecast for Minnesota soon. This makes it an important time to keep cold weather safety in mind, not just for people but for pets as well.

Rachel Myrose, Executive Director Between the bonds (formerly known as Secondhand Hounds) offered these five key reminders:

  1. Frostbite can happen quickly, so consider limiting time outdoors as much as possible.
  2. Protect your pet’s paws during walks, from cold and snow, but also from salt scattered on roads and sidewalks.
  3. Short-haired dogs need extra protection from the cold, so consider a coat for long walks.
  4. Antifreeze can keep things running, but it’s also deadly for pets.
  5. Heat-seeking animals can hide in unusual places: If you park outside, pop the hood before driving off, as an animal may seek refuge from your hot engine.

Mairose says winter is the best time to raise animals, and The Bond Between is always looking for volunteers. For more information on parenting, visit The bond between the website of.

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