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Winter Pet Safety

With winter weather conditions like we’re going to be seeing over the next couple of days, it can be just as dangerous for pets as it is for you.

Workers at the Humane Society of Cambria County spent hours outside the past few days cleaning snow and ice away from the building.

Officials say they are also preparing the inside of the facility for more indoor activity for the dogs, including making sure the heating vents and fans are working properly.

The staff also offered some tips for pet owners to keep their four-legged friends safe in extreme temperatures, including having “pet safe salt” and to try and minimize the time most pets are outside.

Although some dog breeds love the snow and cold, bring outdoor dogs inside and watch for them holding their paws off the ground and shivering.

And make sure your animals have access to fresh water at all times.

Experts say frostbite commonly occurs around the ears, mouth, and nose.

Owners should take their pet to the vet immediately if they notice red, irritated skin or black and purple discoloration.

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