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Get pet ready for cold days

As the weather cools down and the night temperatures dip towards freezing, consider these cold-weather pet tips.

•How long are you leaving your pets outdoors? Even though they have their own fur, pets can be vulnerable to the change in weather.

•If your pet has a short coat, it’s nice to put a sweater or coat on it on really chilly mornings.

•When having your pet groomed, ask for a longer cut. Keep the shaved look for the hot summer months.

•If you use a space heater in a room of the house, make sure your dog or cat doesn’t lie anywhere near it. Don’t leave it on with a pet in the room without your supervision. Your pet could knock over the heater.

•Have your furnace checked for carbon monoxide leaks.

•Take your pet in for a fall check-up. Your vet can tell you how hardy your pet is and if he has any health conditions that could make him feel the cold more. If your pet has a heart condition, arthritis, kidney disease or many other ailments, he shouldn’t be left outside for long in cold weather.

– Jura Koncius, Washington Post