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Protecting pets from the cold weather

Protecting pets from the cold weather
Protecting pets from the cold weather
Posted at 5:49 PM, Dec 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-07 14:01:13-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Many people are taking precautions as the temperatures drop, but it's important to remember that your furry friends need a way to stay warm too.

It's best to bring your pets inside when it's cold, but sometimes that's not an option.

Local veterinarians say if you dog or cat has to stay outside, there are certain measures you can take to ensure they stay warm, including providing dry bedding.

"Good bedding and good shelter," says Dr. George Simmons, a veterinarian at the North Florida Animal Hospital. "Secondly, we want to make sure they have plenty to eat because that's how we generate body heat. The smaller an animal is, the harder the time they have in maintaining body heat in cold conditions."

A proper shelter for your pet includes something that protects them and their bedding from the wind and rain with at least three sides.

Dr. Simmons said that it's rare for a pet to get sick from being in the colder temperatures, but it's still best to make sure they're kept warm.