NEW YORK (WLNY) — One thing to remember during the bitter blast is to make sure your furry friend is protected.

“You have to be prepared, you have to know your animal, you have to be prepared for the weather and you just have to think ahead, be smart,” Randy De Gesero of Priceless Pet Services told WLNY’s Alex Denis.

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“It’s about knowing your dog specifically and how they handle the cold and whether it bothers them a lot, whether their paws are sensitive to certain things like ice or salt,” Brian Hellwig of Priceless Pet Services said.

Control Your Environment To Protect Your Pet:

The ASPCA says to never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm. Dogs can lose their scent and become lost.

Wipe off your dog’s legs, feet and stomach after going outside. Snow, ice can hurt your dog’s paws. Salt and antifreeze can be ingested if your dog licks its paws.

Bring your pets inside during winter weather. The ASPCA says if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet.

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