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Vets remind pet owners to keep animals warm in frigid temps

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With the cold winter weather that's rolled in to the panhandle, local vets want to make sure our furry friends are kept warm.
Veterinarians say animals ear tips, noses, and feet are the most susceptible to cold weather.

And despite their furry coats, animals can still get frostbite and hypothermia.

Associate Veterinarian Doctor Cristin Reese at the Animal Health Center in Scottsbluff says while certain breeds can tolerate snow better than others, its best to limit a pet's outdoor exposure in frigid temperatures.
"When it's really below zero and we've got these big wind chills, we want to limit your exercise to 5 to 15 minutes depending on the breed, just so nobody gets cold," Dr. Reese said.
Dr. Reese says bigger breeds are more tolerable of the cold, but smaller and shorter haired dogs shouldn't be kept outside for very long.


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