Keep pets safe during cold snap
Updated On: Jan 03 2014 05:25:26 PM CST
On a sunny day like this when the temperatures are still above freezing, it's fine for dogs to enjoy a little outside playtime.
But over the next few days, owners of outdoor pets will want to consider better arrangements.
Storm Team 12 is calling for a little more snow followed by dangerous wind chills as low as -30.
Different breeds of animals have different tolerance levels for the cold weather. But the experts say a good rule of thumb is: if it's too cold for you to be outside, it's too cold for your pet.
"It takes extra protection that goes much beyond most of the outside shelters," says Veterinarian Dr. Dan Thompson.
He recommends outdoor dogs and cats be brought into the garage or the house during extreme cold and harsh negative wind chills.
Some outdoor exercise can be fine. But Thompson says several hours of exposure can put the animals at risk of skin damage or frost bite, particularly on the feet.