- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County Animal Services officials say pet owners need to take extra precautions to keep companions safe while cold weather moves through the region.

Animal Services Director Xan Rawls says cats and dogs should be kept inside during cold weather. Rawls says despite cats and dogs having fur, they’re not resistant to cold weather and can suffer frostbite and hypothermia, too.

Rawls says drivers should also check beneath their cars and tap on their hoods to make sure cats aren’t taking shelter on warm surfaces before starting the engine.

Rawls says pet owners should also check paws for cracks or bleeding and wipe dogs’ paws and bellies down after walks because they could pick up deicer and antifreeze, which could be toxic.

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