Make Sure to Keep Your Outside Dogs Warm This Winter

CASPER, Wyo. Veterinarians remind us to keep our pets warm- especially dogs.

They say many breeds have areas on their body affected more by the cold, including their paws and ears.

Problems can develop if a dog that is used to staying inside is left in the cold for too long.

Dogs can develop frostbite or hypothermia, both of which require immediate medical attention.

"We could start to see hypothermia in general, where their core temperature is low. And then on extreme cases, we could see some frostbite, whether it's on the tip of the ears, the nose, or maybe on their toes as well. Explained Dr. Richards Schwahn of Altitude Veterinary Hospital.

Short hair bred dogs such as chihuahuas and dogs that have recently been groomed may be susceptible to the cold, but veterinarians say every breed of dog will be vulnerable to the cold weather, which is why it's important to keep an eye on your pets.

There are products available to keep dogs warm outside.

Also, some breeds do have fur that can keep them warm if they're properly groomed.

"A good skin and hair coat is always important." Said Dr. Schwahn. "So if a dog might be severely matted and the hair coat is in poor quality, getting those dogs fixed and getting that hair coat as primed as it can be definitely will help out as well."

So both you and your pet can stay healthy and warm this winter.