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If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pets

The Humane Society of Missouri is offering six tips to keep your pets safe during the winter.
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Kitten and dog in winter cap.

ST. LOUIS – Don't forget about your pets when it's cold outside.

If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pets!

With another wintry blast set to hit the St. Louis area, the Humane Society of Missouri wants to remind pet owners ways to keep their pets safe.

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‘Under 35, bring pets inside!’ the Humane Society of Missouri said.

Throughout winter, remember these six tips to keep pets healthy, happy and protected from cold temperatures.

1. Bring pets inside: Just like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite and should not be left outside in the cold for prolonged periods of time.

2. Provide a cozy space: Any outdoor animal requires a well-insulated, draft-free, appropriately sized doghouse with a sturdy, flexible covering to protect against icy winds.

3. Press “paws” on pet injuries: Check your animal’s paws frequently for signs of cold-weather damage, such as a cracked paw pad or bleeding.

4. Layer up your pup: If your dog has a thinner coat or seems bothered by cooler temperatures, consider a sweater or a dog coat.

5. Prevent poisoning: Make sure to clean up any antifreeze spills or buildup quickly as it is poisonous and can cause serious health issues.

6. Schedule a winter wellness exam: If your pet has not visited the veterinarian for his or her yearly wellness exam, now is the perfect opportunity.

To report an animal in distress, call the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Hotline at 314-647-4400. For more information on how to care for your pets during cold weather months, click here.