Protect your pets in cold weather.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The rule of thumb is this: If you’re cold, your pets usually are, too.

Cold tolerance of pets Their coat, body fat, health and activity level can vary.

When temperatures drop, it’s best to limit time outside and shorten your dog’s walks. Older pets may have difficulty walking on snow and ice.

Salt, ice, and snow can get stuck between your pet’s paws or even on their stomachs during walks. A quick wipe down will remove any deicer, antifreeze or other chemicals that may be toxic or harmful.

According to the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, frostbite is harder to notice in pets than it is in humans. Check your pet’s paws or skin for any cracks, discoloration, swelling or blisters.

You can protect your furry friends from the elements with jackets and boots.

If your pet shows any signs of discomfort or frostbite, see a veterinarian immediately.

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