The weather outside is frightful! The best weather safety precaution you can take is to bring your animals inside away from the elements. Pets are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk
for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads can quickly freeze and suffer permanent damage. Short walks for dogs are fine. Watch for signs of discomfort such as limping, shivering, licking, etc. Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet's feet. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them. And if you see an animal outside without shelter, food and fresh water (not frozen) contact your local police department. There are requirements for adequate outdoor animal housing and if you feel the animal is in danger, report it. For more tips on keeping pets safe in cold weather click here.