Veterinarians urge families to bring pets inside during extremely cold temperatures
Since temperatures are expected to drop drastically next week, veterinarians are urging people to keep their outside pets in mind, and bring them inside.
Veterinarians say even though they have hair on their bodies, they shouldn't be left out in the cold.
If they can't come inside, keep them in a heated space like a garage or shed with a heater or a heat lamp.
Keeping pets outside can decrease their respiration rate, or give them hypothermia.
"When we get cold, we shiver,” Dr. Carie Wisell, Companion Animal Hospital, said. “That's so our muscles can generate heat, and it heats us up. It raises our body temperature, and that's the same thing for them. They do that too. Your body can only do that for so long."
If their bodies keep trying to create heat while being in the cold, they could die from it.