Why you need to check your pet's paws in freezing weather

Posted at 9:14 AM, Jan 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-05 09:14:19-05

The Erie County SPCA is reminding pet owners not to forget about their animals in this frigid weather.

Pets should only be outside for short increments, and any outdoor pets need to be brought inside when it's this cold.  When you bring your cats and dogs in from outside, experts say you should check their paws carefully.

"You want to look for ice that's become encrusted in the pads. You want to look for salt crystals that might become encrusted because it could lead to an infection. You want to make sure that you get all that salt and ice out of the animal's pads of their paws," explained Gina Browning from the Erie County SPCA.

If you use antifreeze, pet experts say you should make sure it's pet-friendly.