When the temps drop around here, be sure to pay close attention to your pets.

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Freezing temps, a butt load of snow on the way, please keep man's best friend warm and healthy this winter.

According to PetFinder here are 8 Steps to Take Care of Your Pets during this cold Midwest winter.

  • Keep cats inside. Outdoors, cats can freeze, become lost or stolen, or be injured or killed.
  • Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm. Dogs frequently lose their scent in snow and ice and easily become lost.
  • Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when she comes in out of the rain, snow or ice. Chemicals, salt, antifreeze could harm them.
  • If you own a short-haired breed of dog, consider getting a warm coat or sweater for your dog.
  • Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter.
  • If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, only take him outdoors long enough to potty.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter. Leave the coat in a longer style, which provides more warmth.
  • Make sure your best friend has a warm place to sleep far away from all drafts and off the floor.