Snowy weather means a few extra hazards for pets

Tips for keeping your pets safe in the snow

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - When you head out in the snow, you probably gear up with a coat and hat and maybe a scarf, and maybe even some waterproof boots.

You may think because your pet has fur that they are protected from the cold, but that’s not necessarily the case. There are also plenty of other things to consider when taking your pet for a walk in the snow.

The Richmond Animal League said dogs handle cold weather differently than humans, so pay attention to their attitude and watch for whining or weakness.

Pets should be microchipped and wearing collars with up-to-date contact information so in case they get lost, it is easier to reunite with them. Pets can easily get lost in the snow, especially if they burrow into and hide.

After walking outside, check your dog’s feet. The pads on the bottom of their feet can become cracked or injured from walking on sharp ice or salt.

There can also be chunks of the material stuck between their toes than can be uncomfortable if not removed.

Richmond Animal League is also running an adoption special ahead of Christmas. All adult dogs, cats and kittens are available for $10.

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