How to protect your pets from winter weather

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) Cold winter weather can be tough on a lot of people here in Utah. But some may forget pets struggle with it too. Rich Woodruff from the Utah Red Cross joined Good Morning Utah with tips to keep our furry friends safe from the freezing cold. 

Winter is hard on everyone with its freezing temperatures, snow and ice. The chilly weather can also be difficult for our pets and the American Red Cross has steps people can follow to help ensure their pet’s safety when cold weather hits their area.

“Bring pets inside, if possible, to protect them from low temperatures and severe winter weather,” said Rich Woodruff Communications Director for the Red Cross in Utah. “Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure they have access to non-frozen drinking water.”

Other tips pet owners should be aware of include:

· Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.

· Antifreeze is a deadly poison. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach.

· Signs of frostbite include discoloration of the frozen area, pale or even blue skin, no pain or lots of pain. The pads of the paws, tail and tips of the ears are most susceptible.

· If your pet has frostbite, bring them out of the cold. Spray the affected area with warm water. Lightly apply a warm compress to the area. Do not rub or apply pressure. Take your pet to your veterinarian immediately.

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