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Experts say keep pets indoors in freezing temperatures

Posted at 6:59 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 20:59:55-05

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Even though your pets have fur, they are also very cold in these freezing temperatures.

Doctor Matthew Evans at Gallatin Veterinary Hospital said if it’s too cold for humans to be spending time outside, then it’s also too cold for your pets. During these freezing temperatures, it’s best to keep your pets inside to avoid frostbite.

“It can be really quick, so frostbite can set in really quickly. It depends on the size of the dog, how much fur they have, and how acclimated they are to the weather. So a bigger dog that’s used to being outside is going to get frostbite more slowly than a smaller dog,” said Evans.

Doctor Evans said if you decide to bring your pet outside for a long duration, they should have warm clothes such as a coat.