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Anne Arundel County Encourages Pet Owners to Protect Their Pets during Cold Winter Weather

Annapolis (February 20, 2014): Anne Arundel County is encouraging pet owners to keep their pets safe during the cold winter months.


“Pets are members of our families,” said County Executive Steve Schuh. “With the recent winter cold snap, we need to ensure they remain healthy and safe.”


Pet owners can protect their pets during the colder months by following these simple guidelines:

  • Keep pets indoors and warm: Do not leave dogs and cats unsupervised outdoors when the temperature drops.
  • Take precautions if your pet spends time outside: Pets needs shelter and protection from the harsh elements.
  • Give your pets plenty of water: Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen.
  • Protect pet paws from chemicals: The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Wipe all paws and stomach with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates his/her mouth.
  • Avoid antifreeze: Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals. Wipe up spills and keep antifreeze out of reach.

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