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Temperatures and snow are beginning to fall across the country and there are some things you can do to help keep your pets comfortable during inclement winter weather. Today, Lisa Chelenza has a few cold weather safety tips in this edition of Pet Pointers.

To keep our pets healthy and happy when the weather turns colder, keep in mind if you are cold, they probably are too.

Certain double coated breeds like Huskies enjoy the snow. But when temperatures drop and a brisk wind is blowing, frost bite can set in faster than you think and damage paw pads, noses, ears and eyes of even the most well suited breeds.

Those with thin coats, small dogs and puppies should be kept inside when the temperature gets below 40. Even if they seem to want to stay out, bring them in to prevent injury.

When they come in from the cold after a walk, wipe off their paws with a damp cloth to remove salt, ice and chemicals they may have picked up along the way.

Keep your pet's coat well groomed. Matted fur won't properly protect your pet from the cold.

It is also very important this time of year to keep pets away from antifreeze. Antifreeze tastes sweet, but it is poisonous. Should your pet ingest any amount of antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Even though your pet has their own cozy coat, they still would prefer to be inside with you on chilly winter day.

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