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Extreme Cold Can Cause Frostbite In Pets Too

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Human beings aren't the only ones that can suffer in extreme cold situations.

Our four legged friends can also show signs of frostbite if left outside too long. Local veterinarians say they've already seen cases of frozen pads on dogs, and have seen tips of cat's ears frozen off in the past.

They say even pets that seem to love the snow can get in serious trouble if left outside in extremely cold weather.

"It just becomes the situation where I think supervision is the key thing," said Hilltop Pet Clinic's Dr. Roger Neil. "You have to supervise them outside just like you have to supervise inside, and just kind of think about yourself. If you thought you were out there and you start getting cold, they probably are too, so the other thing is they're barefoot and standing on concrete, so it doesn't take very long."

Dr. Neil adds tell tale signs for frostbite in dogs are if they're paying more attention to their feet than normal. He says use lukewarm water on their paws and warm them up, especially if there's ice between their toes.

 

REPORTER'S NOTES: Smaller dogs can get colder much sooner than bigger dogs in extreme cold temperatures. Veterinarians add dogs may become dehydrated due to water that becomes frozen over.

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