Experts tell residents to keep pets warm as temps drop to single digits

Veterinarians at Norwalk's Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center are telling residents to keep their pets warm.

Veterinarians at Norwalk's Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center are telling residents to keep their pets warm. (1/3/14)

NORWALK - Veterinary experts are reminding residents to keep an eye on their pets to make sure they stay warm and safe amid the frigid temperatures.

Vets at Norwalk's Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center say pets are susceptible to frostbite in cold enough conditions. They recommend keeping a pet's outdoor walk brief to keep it safe.

Experts say 15 minutes or less is a good rule of thumb for walking a pet in frigid conditions. They also are reminding residents to thoroughly dry paws and fur to keep frostbite from developing even after they make it home.

Vets point out that bruised paws could be a sign of frostbite.

Experts are also reminding pet owners to give their animal plenty of water to fend off dehydration.

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