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petnews January 20th, 2003 02:02 PM

Cold weather tips for pet owners
Cold weather tips for pet owners

TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - The Toronto Humane Society advises pet owners to take precautions for their pets during the cold temperatures expected for Toronto.

"Cold temperatures and wind chill not only affect you, but they also affect your pet," said Daniela Roque, spokesperson for the Toronto Humane Society. "When bundling up to go outside this weekend, remember that your pet will also need some extra care."

Some cold weather tips include: If your dog is sensitive to cold because of age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself. After trips outside, check and clean your dog's feet. Sharp ice can cut the pads of paws, and ingestion of salt and antifreeze can make your pet sick. Keep your cat indoors. In cold weather, outdoor cats sometimes crawl into a car's warm engine and get injured by the fan belt. Before starting a car, honk the horn, open the hood of the car, or bang loudly on the hood to frighten away any animals sleeping there.

The Toronto Humane Society is a not-for-profit organization funded through charitable donations dedicated to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

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