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Vet: Keep a close eye on pets in the extreme cold

Pet owners should be keeping a closer eye on their animals with the upcoming extreme cold...
Pet owners should be keeping a closer eye on their animals with the upcoming extreme cold winter weather (Source: Chris Drury, KFVS)
Updated: Jan. 28, 2019 at 6:54 PM CST
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MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - Dr. Charles Koehn of the Aardvark Animal Clinic in Murphysoro, Illinois said that pet owners should be keeping a closer eye on their animals with the upcoming extreme cold winter weather.

Dr. Koehn says that most healthy animals should be able to weather winter storms but says during freezing temperatures animals ears and toes are susceptible to frostbite.

If you notice a change in color or notice a loss in feeling you may want to contact your veterinarian.

Dr. Koehn says that if you do leave your pets out during the night you will want to check on them often to make sure they have enough water and food.

Also add extra bedding to their homes and making sure the inside of their houses are staying dry is also important.

Dr. Koehn talked about the keys to keeping your pets healthy during this difficult winter weather.

“Good nutrition, in other words, warm food, warm shelter, and a warm place to stay is just so important this time of year,” he said. “Make sure that its out of the rain, the wind especially in this low temperature.”

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