Veterinarians : Animals Can Get Frostbite Too

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

Animals, too, can get over-exposed to the freezing temperatures resulting in frostbite and worse.

One local veterinarian says frostbite and dehydration are the most common weather-related injuries in the winter.

Vets recommend making sure outdoor pets have fresh water and adequate shelter.

And if it gets really cold, pet owners should consider letting 'Fido' inside.

"You really have to consider is it good to keep a dog outside in that temperature overnight? You may wanna consider bringing it in the basement, bringing it in a warmer garage, somewhere where there's a bit more shelter from the cold," says Chris Bleifus, D.V.M. with Kronenwetter Veterinary Care.

Some dogs can get ice buildup on their paws, so he says to wash them when they come in from the cold to prevent irritation.

And cats that occasionally go outside should be let in every couple of hours.

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