ASPCA issues pet safety alert ahead of blizzard

The ASPCA has sent out a reminder to residents to make sure to keep pets safe and warm.

As weather conditions worsen throughout the day, it will be too dangerous for people and their pets to be outside.

The ASPCA recocomends that pets should stay indoors as much as possible during winter months in general, but this is especially true during a blizzard. Bring pets inside immediately, and limit their time outside for brief bathroom trips.

When pets do go out, make sure they’re prepared: depending on their breed, coat thickness and size, they may need a coat. If they have sensitive paws, make sure they’re wearing their booties.

Once you’ve brought them back inside, clean them off. Make sure to towel dry your pet right away, paying special attention to their paws, paw pads and the spaces between their toes.

Winter walks can turn dangerous quickly if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off legs and paws. Be sure to secure winter weather products like anti-freeze and ice melts, keeping them out of your pet’s reach.

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