SPCA reminds pet owners to keep furry friends safe in the cold

Dixie on her daily walk as prepares for the snow this weekend
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — With the snow falling over the weekend, the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA offered advice for pet owners to keep their four-legged friend safe.

First and foremost, make sure any pet is protected from extreme elements and has access to fresh water. Cold temperatures, especially low wind chills, can prove dangerous to dogs and cats.

"Remember if it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for them," Emily Oblinger, Feline Manager at the SPCA, said.

In addition, be careful where you use products for melting ice, as some can be harmful to pets if they ingest it and can cause irritation to their pads.

It is also a good idea to ensure your dog or cat has a proper, snug-fitting collar and has up-to-date identification, in case they were to get lost during a storm or cold weather.

The SPCA stated that if you need a crate to house your pet in they can provide you one by calling (540)-434-5270.