CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Now that the cold weather is here, we shouldn't forget about man's best friend.
Dr. Sean Byrd with Skyview Animal Clinic says the time a dog spends outside depends on the breed.
He said a dog with longer, fluffier fur can stay outside longer than a dog with short hair.
If your dog is outside for most of the day, he said it's important to have a warm clean shelter.
But, getting cold isn't the main problem they see in the winter.
"We can see a lot of dehydration in winter because the normal water bowls that we have out all the time have now frozen over, or even just a layer of ice or even if they have gotten too cold and don't want to drink as much," said Dr. Byrd.