Subzero Temperatures Dangerous For Pets

Subzero temperatures descending on Indiana can be as dangerous for pets as for humans. They're furry, alright, but veteranarians throughout the region warn that cats and dogs can find it especially difficult to regulate their body temperature in the winter cold. Long-haired dogs cope better with the cold. But shorter haired dogs may need doggie coats to avoid hypothermia. And it's not just temperatures. Sharped edges on cracked ice can cut pets' noses or legs. And snow that gets packed in around paws can increase risks of frostbite. Boots made for dogs or cats can help. A lesser-known hazard is dehydration. That can happen with outdoor pets because they can't drink water that's frozen solid.