Veterinarian: Keep pets out of the cold as much as possible

As we continue to experience freezing temperatures it’s important to remember the wellbeing of pets and how to keep them safe in such cold conditions.
News 12's Angelica Toruno went to the VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk to hear more about their recommendations on pet safety.
"If they have thin hair coats, it'd be a good idea to wear a jacket," said Dr. Melissa Salgado.
Salgado said pets easily run the risk of getting hurt by the cold as much as people do.
"Keep your pets inside as much as possible. If they are outside, they run the risk of getting frostbite on their toes if they're out for too long," she said.
Salt used to melt ice and snow can also be harmful for dogs.
"Salt can really cause some irritation and wounds to their paws, so it's always a good idea to wipe their paws when you come back inside,” said Salgado. “Make sure they're not eating any of the salt…because it can make them sick."
The overall message: If you feel cold, the chances are your pet does too.
"Let them outside to do their business and let them come inside. For the most part, dogs are domesticated and should be inside like us," said Salgado.
If you have any questions, you can always call your local veterinary office or VCA animal hospital.