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Local animal welfare groups and Herald staff |
Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 1:51 p.m.

5 snow safety tips for your pets

  • Benton the Beagle walks through the recent snow. These five tips will help you make sure your pets stay safe in the snow.

    Mary Ann Macomber / Reader photo

    Benton the Beagle walks through the recent snow. These five tips will help you make sure your pets stay safe in the snow.

Editor's note: Welcome to our new blog, Fur & Feathers. We are partnering with animal welfare groups in the county to bring you stories, tips, photos and more. We want to help share the efforts that these groups are making to protect animals.

To start things off, we have some very timely advice from N.O.A.H. on how to keep your pets safe in the snow.

It's a blizzard outside! The winter time can be a fun time to share memories with your furry friends. Here are 5 helpful tips to keep your pet safe this winter season.

1. Pets are prone to frostbite, so after your fun in the snow be sure to soak their paws in warm water (not hot) and dry them well. This ensures that no icy cold snow stays packed in the pads.

2. Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze. If you know of an outdoor kitty, set up an area for shelter to block the wind with blankets. Also use a hot water bottle under a blanket, they are sure to find the nice warm bed you provided for them.

3. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

4. Protect your pet's paws. Salt, de-icer and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet's feet. Thoroughly wipe off your pet's paws, legs and stomach with a damp, warm towel when he comes inside. Pets can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals that can also irritate their mouth when licking their paws. Safe Paws is a de-icer that is 100 percent salt-free and safe for pets to walk on. Use kitty litter or sand as an environmentally friendly alternative to salt – while it will not melt ice, it will provide better traction.Visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center more information.

5. Make sure all pets have ID tags and a microchip. A higher number of dogs are lost in winter months, as they can lose their scent in snow and ice and become unable to find their way home. Don't let your dog off the leash and make sure he wears an ID tag and has a microchip, so he can be easily returned if lost.

Your pets are part of the family, so remember to give them the cold weather care and protection they deserve! Thanks for being a pet hero.

About N.O.A.H.
N.O.A.H. is located on I-5 at Exit #215. Since opening in 2003, over 30,000 cats and dogs have been altered at the N.O.A.H. Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic and over 8,000 pets have been rescued from death-row of other area shelters and re-homed through our no-kill state-of-the-art facility. Together with the help of our donors and 350 + weekly volunteers, we are working toward the day when every animal born will have a home. For more information about N.O.A.H. and its programs call 360-629-7055 or visit
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