Keeping Pets Safe In The Cold

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email

With a dangerous arctic chill pushing frigid air across the U.S. it's tough enough on people, let alone pets.

According to the National Weather Service, the 'polar vortex' is bringing sub-zero temperatures to many parts of the country that haven't had this kind of cold in 20 years.

Michelle Earl from the Humane Society of Parkersburg says extreme exposure can cause dehydration and internal organ damage in pets.

"I think some people think that because maybe they have a large breed dog or a dog that maybe is even a husky that just because they have a thick coat that they're going to be okay exposed to this temperature," she says. "But really, this temperature is too cold for anybody."

Earl says if it's too cold for your skin, it's too cold for your family pet to be in the elements.

That goes for feral and outdoor cats too.

If you just can't avoid it make sure they have some type of shelter, heated dog or cat box, heated water bowl and food.

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