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How To Keep Your Pet Safe In Freezing Cold Temperatures - KOAM TV 7

How To Keep Your Pet Safe In Freezing Cold Temperatures

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Freezing cold temperatures have led to an outcry on social media on how you should protect your pets from below zero wind chills. We talked to an expert from Golden Paw Pet Rescue in Joplin who says that bringing your dog inside could potentially save their lives. All dogs, especially small and elderly ones, are susceptible to frostbite or even freezing to death.

Golden Paw's owner Mary Ann Schlau says that there is a simple way to determine whether it's too cold outside for your pet. She says, "The bottom line is if you're cold they're cold. If you're freezing, they're freezing. If there's a chance for you to get frostbite, there's a definite chance for them to get frostbite."

Your dog's coat can also determine their resistance to cold temperatures. Breeds with heavy fur such as huskies and chows are able stay outside longer than breeds with short hair such as poodles and yorkies.

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