Tips to keep pets safe in the winter

MINOT, N.D. - With all of this wintry weather, Minot's animal experts are advising the public to take care your four-legged friends.

Randy McDonald with the Souris Valley Animal Shelter says to avoid leaving pets out in extreme cold.

Certain dog breeds can handle cold temperatures better than others.

Clear paths regularly to make sure pets don't get stuck in the snow.

Keep pets away from antifreeze at all cost. Dogs are attracted to the scent of antifreeze, but as little as a drop of it can kill an animal. And, be careful when laying salt, as some mixtures can be abrasive or harmful to pets if they come in contact with it.

“"We make sure we wipe their feet off whenever they come in. Don't let that sit on their skin for too long. Make sure you get their bellies as well because short guys like Sam can get the salt and the sand on their bellies really quick,” McDonald said.

The Animal Shelter also had to cancel their pet photos with Santa at the Dakota Square Mall last night, but you have two more chances on Dec. 6 and 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The proceeds support the shelter. You can find out more information by searching ‘Souris Valley Animal Shelter’ on Facebook.