Winter Difficulties For Pets

University of Nebraska-Lincoln animal experts say pets can still suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold conditions, even if some may come with fur coats.

UNL Extension companion animal specialist Lisa Karr-Lilienthal says extremities such as the nose, ears and feet of pets are especially susceptible to frostbite.

Signs that an animal has gotten too cold include shivering, lethargy, slowed respiration and skin discoloration. Pets exhibiting those signs should be brought indoors and warmed up slowly by wrapping them in warm blankets for dried sheets.

She advised keeping outside bathroom trips short and to refrain from walking dogs on very cold days.

Outdoor dogs and cats should be fed more during the winter and brought inside or in a garage on dangerously cold days.


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