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The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reminds pet owners in a new podcast that winter weather brings a host of potential hazards for pets, but with some preparation pets can be healthy and comfortable until the spring thaw.
"Most pet owners seem to worry about their pets overheating in the summer, but tend to overlook the dangers of cold weather. Their fur coats don't always provide the necessary protection from the cold, particularly for small animals when the weather becomes extremely cold," explains Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, immediate past president of the AVMA. "When it does get cold, pay close attention for signs of cold stress. They are likely to shiver initially, and may become lethargic if they become very cold."
Dr. Aspros recommended, first and foremost, bringing pets indoors during colder weather. Getting animals out of the wind can do a great deal to help keep pets warm and safe.
Other winter tips in the podcast included:
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