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Winter warnings for pet guardians

Thursday, February 3, 2022 by Tai Moses

Austin Animal Center wants to remind pet guardians to keep their furry family members in mind when making winter storm preparations. Animals can suffer from hypothermia just like humans can. While Arctic breeds like huskies and malamutes can tolerate colder temps than short-haired dogs, “no pet should be left outside for long periods during freezing temperatures,” says the center. Keep walks short since paws, ears and tails are at risk of frostbite when temps fall below 32 degrees. Take steps to protect your dog’s paws from icy surfaces. One more important reminder: Give your car hood a few loud thumps before starting the engine to warn any community cats who may be taking refuge inside your warm, dry engine block. Cats and other small animals often seek shelter under vehicle hoods or even in wheel wells in wet, freezing weather.

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