Keeping your pets safe during winter storms, frigid temperatures

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These brutally cold temperatures make it hard for us to even set foot outside, and the same goes for your pet.

The best thing to do is to watch them when they’re outdoors, and limit the time they spend outside.

Your pets only need to be out for a few minutes at a time during frigid temperatures. 

A general rule is if it’s too cold for a person to be out there, it’s too cold for them. However, there are some exceptions, particularly with breeds adapted for being out in the cold. That doesn’t mean you should leave those breeds outside overnight. 

If you have a dog with short hair, consider buying them a winter coat. 

When you let them out, make sure they come inside right after and never leave them out for the night.

No matter the weather, though, a dog is still a dog. They need exercise, but if you’re going to take them out for a walk try to make it a short walk or try an alternate way to exercise them.

If you do choose a walk, wipe the paws clean of any salt melts that could cause a chemical burn. 

Back in June, Adrian’s Law, a proposal that would punish dog owners for leaving their dogs outside for too long, passed unanimously in the Syracuse Common Council.

The law punishes pet owners who leave an animal outside for more than two hours in temperatures below 32 degrees or above 90 degrees.

The law was passed after a dog was found frozen to death in the city last January. 

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