Winter has arrived in Rochester this week and with winter comes challenges in managing your pets care. Safety is always a number one concern when walking your dog in the snow and ice. The ice and road salt is very harsh on your dogs paws. After walking your dog be sure to wash their paws with warm water to remove the salt and road grime. When you are out for a walk, take a try towel with you and if your dog stops and licks or raises their paws used the towel to clean off his/her paws. Be sure to keep fresh water for your pet hydration is very important in the cold weather as well. Do not leave your dog out for more than 5-10 minutes at a time frost bite can occur very quickly. If you feel your dog may have frost bite or suffer from hypothermia visit: Be safe and keep your pet warm this winter.