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Pet owners advised to keep pets inside during cold temperatures

Pet owners advised to keep pets inside during cold temperatures

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Winter weather is here and pet owners are being advised to take extra precautions for their furry friends.

The Yakima Humane Society wants people to keep their pets indoors during these cold temperatures, and care for their pets a little more than usual.

Medical Director for the Yakima Humane Society Jennifer Fitzpatrick says the consequences of leaving your pets outdoors during winter could be severe.

“We worry about things like hypothermia, frost bite, not having access to water if it’s frozen," said Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick says animals can also form ice in-between their toes and that can be painful for them.

She says taking them for small walks is a good idea but making sure you bring them back inside your home, and checking their paws is important.

Fitzpatrick also says during winter time pets need more calories to keep themselves warm so increasing their amount of food will help them avoid these cold temperatures.

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