When the temperature dips below zero, we all add layers and limit the amount of time we spend out doors. 

For our furry friends, that does not always happen.  When out for walks with dogs and it is cold outside, extra care must be taken. 

Frost bite happens with pets just like us.  Dr. Dwayne Groves says there are a few cases every year, so it is something to watch out for.

With the temperature changes we experience in the area with chinooks sidewalks may have ice that could affect your pets. 

"With the freezing, thawing cycle, you can end up with jagged ice and something you should keep an eye out for cuts on paws." remarked Groves.

When it comes to cats that are mainly outdoor cats, an insulated cat shelter or even just some blankets in the corner will help them.  Also keep an eye out on your vehicle engine as cats may climb up and hide in there to get out of the elements.

With livestock, the main concern is keeping the water dishes thawed.

"Other livestock when they are getting old, harder to get up, go check on that old donkey.  Is it lying there having a sleep or is it frozen to the ground?," Groves asked. "The animals could become hypothermic."

If you have any concerns with your animals, take them to the veteranarian to get checked out.

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