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Safeguard pets during cold weather

State officials are urging the public to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of their pets when temperatures fall. “While it’s easy to think that dogs are immune to cold because of their fur, the fact is that more dogs perish in the winter than at any other time of the year,” said Joel Hersh, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team (PASART). “Some are better able to handle the cold than others, but taking a few simple precautions can ensure an enjoyable winter experience for both pets and their people.” Those precautions include keeping pets inside when necessary. Many pets can be safe outside with proper shelter, but puppies, smaller dogs, older dogs and cats should not be left outdoors when the temperature falls below 40 degrees. PASART offers additional tips and precautions.


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