Look out for pets in the cold


Sleet, snow, and temps in the teens aren’t just dangerous for you — they’re also dangerous for your four-legged friends.

While some pets, like Siberian Huskies and Newfoundland dogs, thrive in cold weather, many others do not. Cold temperatures, freezing rain, sleet, and snow are dangerous for most cats and dogs, even those that live outside for most of the year.

 The Indiana State Board of Animal Health has several tips for pet owners as winter weather approaches:

– Bring “outdoor” cats and dogs inside when the temperature is at or below 32 degrees. Many cities and towns have rules about when you must bring your pet inside.

– If you keep your pet outside, make sure they have adequate food, water, shelter, and blankets.

– Don’t leave pets outside for too long.

– Avoid ice when walking your dogs.

– Wipe off your pet’s paws and bellies to remove rock salt and de-icing chemicals.

– Check under your car for cats before starting the engine.