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Keep your pets warm and healthy this winter

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — With the first snowflakes of the year falling in the Southern Tier, the Broome County Humane Society is sharing tips on how to keep your pup warm this winter.

“Just like with people, dogs and cats can get frostbite. It’s not uncommon to see it on their feet or on their ears in those really cold temperatures,” said Amberly Ondria, the Broome County Humane Society shelter manager.

With ice on the roads and sidewalks, chemicals will be mixed into the slush to help melt the ice. Those chemicals, however, can be harmful to your pooch’s paws.

“Sometimes those chemicals can cause burns and if dogs lick them and ingest them, they can become ill. It’s really important to be aware of your community, what’s being used. If you have to use rock salt on your own property, definitely get the pet friendly kind,” said Ondria.

The Humane Society recommends walking your pets on the grass and immediately wiping down paws once you’re back indoors.

“When it’s really cold, when we get temperatures in January and February, then you’ll want to think about having the animal out, but making those breaks a little bit shorter,” said Ondria.

According to Ondria, certain types of dogs, like huskies, love to be outside. If your dog is outside, make sure they have access to plenty of food, water, and shelter.

If you witness any kind of animal cruelty during severe weather, Ondria encourages you to contact the Humane Society’s cruelty investigator at 607-724-3709.

Katie Jones

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