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By Rebecca Blatt

Police in Montgomery County, Maryland are reminding pet owners to be aware of unsafe conditions for animals in the snow.

Montgomery County Police are enforcing a special regulation that prohibits leaving tethered dogs unattended during weather emergencies. They recommend owners provide heated beds and shelters for dogs that can't come indoors and keep food and water in a warm place.

Veterinarians say dogs can get sick from licking road salt off the bottom of their paws, so owners should wipe off paws after walking through a salted area. They also say dogs' ears and tails are susceptible to frost bite and should be checked after long periods in the cold.

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