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Published December 04, 2013, 06:50 PM

How to keep your pets safe when outside during the winter

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) As our area temperatures get ready to drop well below zero, our four footed friends still need to find a way to get outside.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) As our area temperatures get ready to drop well below zero, our four footed friends still need to find a way to get outside.

Besides cold weather, salt and other chemicals designed to melt snow can really irritate their feet, and can even be deadly.

For Fargo's Terry Whitmer, Winter is for the dogs.

Terry Whitmer/Fargo Dog Owner: “Rocky and Bullwinkle.”

Literally,

Whitmer: “I don't think it's so much the cold weather they like.”

But when the snow comes calling, Terry and his two head out to play.

Whitmer: “Sometimes they get in over their heads”

Like these miniature dachshunds, lots of dogs loves the snow, But some can handle it a little better than others.

When these sidewalks get a little slick, you don't want to slip and fall, but you also don't want to lose a pet to salt poisoning

Whitmer: “We don't put that down here just for that reason”

So you need to make sure to use a pet friendly ice melt.

It costs about twice as much, but this non-toxic mixture is safe for your pet's paws eyes and skin,

Whitmer: “Just like anybody they have their limits.”

And it won't damage your driveway.

So next time your furry friends need some special treatment in the cold,

Whitmer: "we bring them inside; they each have a hot towel they get wrapped up in"

Remember their sensitivity when it comes to low temps and the products you put down for melting.

Animal experts say antifreeze can also be poisonous and suggest bringing pets inside after exercise.

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