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Keep your pets safe in cold weather

Posted at 2:40 PM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-07 17:40:50-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The frigid weather can be dangerous to humans but it can also impact your pets!

We spoke with a veterinarian to get some tips on how to keep pets safe in the cold.

Ollie the Corgi loves to spend time outdoors. But since the temperatures started dropping, Nelly Arias has been taking precautions to protect Ollie when he's outside. "He does wear his little booties and these are to help him like if it's icy conditions or anything like that it protects his paws."

Arias also limited Ollie's time outdoors. "He goes out into walks once the sun is kinda out we don't want to take him out too early because it's too cold or too late either."

Veterinarian Christopher Yach says these are just some of the things pet owners should do to protect their fur babies during winter.

"Be cognizant that if it's cold for us, it's cold for them."

For starters, make sure your pets have enough water and feed them a little more because colder weather requires more calories in the morning. In the morning, bang your car hood in case some cats crawled in the engine block where it's warm.

For outdoor pets, make sure they have a warm shelter and blankets.

"Maybe a sweater or a coat could be a good idea for the short haired dogs. Maybe forgo a bath. When in doubt, call your vet and ask them."