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Keeping Pets Safe During Cold Weather

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While you're trying to stay warm from the upcoming frigid temps... It's important to look out for your pets!

Deb Soland of Moorhead says, "She just loves everyone. She takes care of everyone."

This pup's got the good life.

Soland says, "We have a sign hanging in our bedroom that says a spoiled rotten German Shepard lives here."

Her dog Isabella is lucky. She's got loving owners, a nice home and gets to stay inside over the next few days.

"Just out and watch her and make sure she gets back in," says Soland.

With temps in the 20 degrees below zero and wind chills down to 50 below, pets who are outside can be in danger.

Dr. Alicia Wisnewski with Prairie Winds Veterinary Center says, "Make sure you're checking on them regularly that they're not showing signs of hypothermia."

Dr. Alicia Wisnewski says it takes just a few minutes for frostbite to set in when temperatures get dangerously low.

"Tips of the tears, tips of the tails, tips of the nose are the places we typically see frostbite," adds Dr. Alicia.

And if you plan on putting ice melt on your sidewalks or driveways, be careful. This can be dangerous for your pets as well.

Dr. Alicia says, "The irritant burns their skin or mouth of tongue if they're trying to clean their paws on their own." She adds if your pets have to be outside, make sure they have shelter, fresh water and a heat source. All things you'd want, because let's face it, these little ones are a part of our family too.

"All of our kids are grown and we have grandkids, so she's our baby now," says Soland.

Another important item to remember, if you're pets will be outside, make sure they wear little booties and sweaters. They keep pets warm and help them from getting hurt by the cold.


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