YAKIMA, Wash.-- With snow falling and temperatures dropping, many people will be using rock salt and de-icers to keep driveways and sidewalks from getting slippery.
However, the Humane Society of Central Washington says some types of melts can actually cause a cat or dog's paws to burn.
It can also dry out the bottoms of their feet and cause the skin to crack.
If their feet start burning your pet might try to lick their paws, and the ice-melt can cause digestive problems.
You can avoid this by picking up pet-friendly melts at a local pet shop.
The Humane Society says owners should also wipe their pet's feet after a walk even if you have pet-friendly melts.
"You can certainly take measures to protect your pets in your own home and certainly want to be aware of those that might not have pets and not realize the danger," said Erica Seaver-Engel with the Humane Society.
The Humane Society says another big danger to pets in winter is antifreeze.
Cars tend to leak more of the chemical in colder weather and it tastes good to pets. However, just a small amount in their system can cause serious kidney damage or even death.
The Humane Society suggests checking your car often for leaks. Keep these tips in mind so your pets stay safe during this holiday season.