Cold weather can be deadly for pets

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TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Shortly after Christmas, a female dog was found frozen to death in Toledo on a porch.

It's an extreme example of the dangers pets face in frigid conditions.

The Toledo Humane Society recommends limiting the amount of time your pet spends outside. When dogs are let outside for a "potty break", owners should stay with them. The Humane Society suggests if it's too cold for you to be outside very long, then it's too cold for your pet. Animals can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite just like people.

When your pet retuns from outside, thoroughly wipe off paws, legs and stomach. Pets can lick off salt which can cause digestive tract inflammation. Paws can become irritated and bleed from excessive exposure to snow and ice.

Remember, too, that water freezes quickly in cold weather. Make sure your pet has fresh water at all times.

Do not leave your pet alone in the car. A car can actually act like a refrigerator in the winter holding in cold.

Finally, watch out for thin ice. Do not let pets run loose or unattended. They could end up on thin cie and fall through which could put them and you at risk.