With freezing temperatures in the mid negative twenties and windchills reaching negative forty overnight, everyone in the valley is freezing their noses off, including our furry four-legged friends.

In this extreme cold weather, keeping an eye on your pets in a must, especially if they live outside.

"We always have to worry about outdoor cats and dogs freezing ear tips. It is always good to have some kind of shelter so they can get out of the wind. It is also good to bundle them in blankets or hay if it on the farm or some kind of straw," explained Veterinarian Dwayne Groves from Valley Vet Clinic.

He also suggests investing in a heated water dish for an outside pet.

"If pets are outside, like farm pets, it always good to have access to water, not just ice and snow, some kind of heated water container to keep it thawed," continued Groves.

Heated water bowls allow animals access to fresh water at any time and relieves the owner of the responsibility of having to change the frozen water every few hours. Groves said he sees cases of animals being left in the cold occasionally and explains what he looks for when examining a pet.

"Well, we see the occasional dogs with frostbite of their feet. The cats not right now, but after they have had their frostbite, on the tip of their ears they aren't very hairy. Days after our cold spell we will see cats with frostbite of their ears."

For indoor pets, he suggests only taking pets out for quick bathroom breaks. If you need to venture outside with your pet he suggests protective booties and coats for short-haired animals.

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