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Keeping pets safe as temperatures drop

Posted at 4:00 PM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 19:01:39-05

BOZEMAN – This time of year, Montana can often bring cold snaps that can impact your pet’s health.

Pet owners should aim to walk their pets during the day when the sun is out to avoid hypothermia. When temperatures fall below freezing outside, pets, like us, have a harder time functioning.

Heart of The Valley Veterinarian Jennifer Shinn says that you can follow a general rule of thumb when deciding whether or not to take your pets outdoors this winter.

“Probably not a great to have your dog and cat outside, just to protect their feet, if their water is freezing,” Shinn said. “Probably not a great thing to have them outside at that point. Bring them inside, have them sleep in a garage or a kennel where there’s protection from the weather.”

Dr. Shinn also said it’s very important to keep your cat indoors during cold weather because they can get frostbite on their ears.

Reporting by Carson Vickroy for MTN News