Local veterinarian gives tips on how to keep your pet safe in the cold weather


WHILE MANY OF US ARE TRYING TO STAY WARM IN THESE FRIGID TEMPERATURES, SO ARE PETS. KSNT NEWS REPORTER REINA GARCIA IS LIVE IN WEST TOPEKA TONIGHT… REINA YOU’VE TALKED WITH EXPERTS TODAY — WHAT ARE THEY SAYING TO LOOK OUT FOR IN THE WINTER WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR PETS? MOLLY I TALKED WITH SEVERAL VETERINARIANS TODAY AND JUST LIKE US — PETS CAN SUFFER FROM SOME REAL HEALTH PROBLEMS IF THEY’RE OUT IN THE COLD FOR TOO LONG. AND IT MAY BE QUIET AND CALM OUT HERE NOW AT THE BARK PARK — BUT THAT WASN’T THE CASE EARLIER TODAY BECAUSE SEVERAL PETS AND THEIR OWNERS CAME OUT HERE FOR A DAY OF PLAY — DESPITE THE COLD TEMPERATURES. SNOW, ICE AND FRIGID TEMPERATURES ACROSS NORTHEAST KANSAS HAVE HAD MANY PEOPLE STAYING INDOORS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. BUT WHAT ABOUT OUR FURRY FRIENDS?STACY JEFFRESS SAYS SHE MAKES SURE TO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON HER DOG SHILOH — ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE’S SNOW AND ICE. “I worry about his paws. I worry about the ice melt that I put out. I make sure it’s dog paw friendly and I don’t ever leave him out unattended. ” ALLISON CROW IS A VETERANARIAN WITH THE ANIMAL CLINIC OF NORTH TOPEKA. SHE SAYS WHETHER YOU HAVE AN INDOOR OR OUTDOOR PET, TAKING SMALL PRECAUTIONS CAN HELP ENSURE YOUR PET’S SAFETY WHEN GETTING OUT IN THE COLD. “we have a lot of people that have brought their pets in in coats and sweaters. That can be really helpful just to keep body temperature warm when you’re going outside. If you have dogs that are gonna be out on ice or snow, sometimes the little booties can be helpful.” THAT’S WHAT DOROTHY LOWHORN DOES WHEN TAKING HER DOG BABY OUT TO PLAY DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR. “she’s just got her coat on. It’s like lined on the inside and that kind of coat on the outside, so she’s good for a while.” IF HAVE AN OUTDOOR PET THAT DOESN’T SEEM TO MIND THE COLD — CROW SAYS YOU STILL NEED TO MAKE SURE THERE ARE THINGS IN PLACE TO KEEP THEM WARM. “you have to make sure that they have a lot of hay or bedding that stays dry and that you have a wind buffer so that they have somewhere they can get out of direct wind flow.” WHILE IT MAY HAVE BEEN CHILLY, THESE DOGS WERE JUST HAPPY TO BE OUT AND ABOUT. CROW TOLD ME THAT THANKFULLY THEY HAVEN’T HAD TO TREAT MANY ANIMALS FOR FROSTBITE THIS WINTER — AND THAT IT MUST MEAN PET OWNERS ARE DOING ALL THE RIGHT THINGS TO KEEP THEIR PET SAFE. LIVE IN WEST TOPEKA, REINA GARCIA. K-S-N-T NEWS.<:molly patt: the vet also told reina that some of signs frost bite in pets include discoloration skin swelling and blisters.>

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