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Taking dogs out in winter

February 16, 2009

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Jackson is a border collie that was adopted from the Lawrence Humane Society. He recently graduated from doggie school. He belongs to Barb and Brad Karr of Lawrence, who took the photo. 

Have a photo for Pet Post? Send or bring the photo and some information about your pet to the Journal-World, 645 N.H., Lawrence 66044 or e-mail it to go@ljworld.com. Photos will be returned after publication. Photos also can be posted online at www2.ljworld.com/submit/petphoto/.

Pet Post: Winter 2008-09

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• Dogs can get frostbite or hypothermia when temperatures drop. Don’t leave your dog outside in the cold for long periods of time. Provide a covered shelter, such as a doghouse or kennel, for the times the dog is out.

• Don’t leave your dog alone in a car on cold days.

• Be extra careful when walking or playing with your dog near frozen lakes, rivers or ponds. Your dog could slip or jump in and be seriously injured.

• Dry your dog with a towel or blow-dryer if it gets wet from rain or snow.

• Clean snow and ice from its paws after time outdoors to prevent cuts and cracked pads. A little petroleum jelly may help soften and soothe paw pads.

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