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Winter tips for pet safety

WAUSAU (WAOW) -     Extreme cold can be dangerous for pets. 

      Wausau Animal Hospital doctors say a good rule of thumb is if you're cold outside, your pet is, too. 

      They say dogs with short hair don't handle the cold as well as dogs with heavier coats. 

      Veterinarians say outdoor pets can be safe if they have an insulated dog house and liquid water.

      "Going for your usual walks and stuff should be just fine because they're moving and active and the blood will be flowing and have a better chance at not getting overly chilled. But they do make coats and boots and stuff if you're worried about it," said Karla Sathry, an associate veterinarian at Wausau Animal Hospital. 

      Veterinarians say salt can irritate paws. But they say simply wiping off paws after a walk on a salted sidewalk can prevent irritation.

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