How to keep your pets safe when temperatures drop

For most breeds, veterinarians say anything below freezing is too cold for extended periods of time. They warn if your pet is left outside in below freezing temperatures for too long, they could suffer frost bite or hypothermia. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

As temperatures drop down into the teens and 20s across the mountains, local veterinarians are reminding residents that it is too cold to keep dogs and cats outside.

For most breeds, veterinarians say anything below freezing is too cold for extended periods of time. They warn if your pet is left outside in below freezing temperatures for too long, they could suffer frost bite or hypothermia.

Symptoms of hypothermia in an animal include shaking and lethargy.

Small, short-haired breeds and senior pets are particularly at risk during cold weather. Veterinarians say some breeds, like German Shepherds and huskies, do a little bit better in the elements but still shouldn't be out for too long.

When you do take your pet out, veterinarians advise owners to make sure the animal is wearing a jacket or sweater. If your dogs or cats have to be outside for awhile, make sure you take proper steps to keep them safe.

"Make sure they have a space that they can get out of the elements and blankets and sheets for insulation -- something they can get in and out of," Michelle Vandoy told News 13.

Veterinarians also say owners should make sure their dogs and cats have access to plenty of fresh, unfrozen water.

Those who keep farm animals should also take extra care during cold weather, veterinarians say. Vandoy said to make sure animals have access to fresh hay, fresh water, and to put them in a barn to get out of the elements.

If an animal show signs of hypothermia, veterinarians say they need to be taken to an emergency vet clinic as soon as possible.

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