Keeping pets safe in cold weather

Published On: Jan 30 2013 12:22:39 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 03 2013 11:11:43 AM CST
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

Going outside these days takes an extra layer or two and the same could be said for your pets. Just like we get cold so do our pets, but there are things you can do to help.

Officials with the Coulee Region Humane Society say most dogs will appreciate wearing a sweater this time of year.

It's also a good idea to carry a towel with you to wipe off their paws to protect them from chemicals that might be on the sidewalk, and shorten the walks when it gets too cold. "Use yourself as a guide, if you think it's far too cold out to be outside longer than a couple of minutes, your pet probably feels the same way too," says Liz Meil from the humane society.

Also, if you have an outdoor pet that needs to stay outside, Meil says it's important to make sure they always have a source of water.