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Keeping your pet warm & safe during WI winter

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MADISON (WKOW) -- January is usually the coldest month of the year, which can be taxing on both people and pets.

Dogs need to go outside several times a day to take care of business and they still enjoy walks, despite freezing temperatures.

Experts say even if your pet wears a coat, you want to watch for warning signs.

"Watch for if they tend to slow down, they're not wanting to move. Sometimes they'll start lifting a paw one at a time to give themselves a break if the snow or the cement is too cold. But unfortunately, a lot of times, you have to watch or think about, am I cold, are my ears cold, is my nose cold," said Elizabeth de Souza, who owns Serenity Pet Salon and Spa in Madison.

Walking ice-melt salt can be hard on dogs' paws, too, so she says shoes can help.

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