Chicago veterinary association offers tips on protecting pets during winter weather

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Veterinary Medical Association is offering tips for pet owners to protect their dogs and cats during severe winter weather.

It says the recent low temperatures and dangerous wind chills pose challenges for pet owners. They say the most sensible action is to keep cats indoors and to monitor dogs for signs they're being negatively affected by the cold. It says a dog that appears to be having trouble walking or breathing should be brought inside.

Alexis Newman is president of the association. Newman says "if it's too cold for you to be outside comfortably, then the same holds true for your dog."

The groups says dog owners also should rinse their pet's paws after returning from outside to clean them of salt or ice melting products that can be harmful.

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