As Old Man Winter unleashes another round of ice and snow on Southwest Kansas, we need to plan for our pets too.

Provide your pet with a warm place to sleep, out of the wind and the rain/snow.

Be sure pets have fresh water that is not frozen.

Keep antifreeze away from pets since it is a highly poisonous substance.

Bang your car hood or honk before starting your car to make certain no cats have wandered underneath to stay warm.

Wipe off your dog's paws when it comes out of the snow or ice and watch for salt and other chemicals, which can hurt its footpads.

Increase your pet's supply of food, especially protein. Pets that spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy.

For more information on pet care, check out this easy to use, information website at www.veterinarypartner.com.

Have a great weekend and stay warm!