When the cold temperatures hit, there are some things to keep in mind to better take care of your pets.
President of the Capital Humane Society Bob Downey says if the animal is outside on their own, don't leave them out longer than 5 or 10 minutes. He suggests keeping an eye on them and when they start showing signs of being cold, bring them inside.
It can also be a challenge getting pets the proper exercise when it is cold. Downey recommends taking shorter, frequent walks during winter. However, if you do choose to stay inside, playing games or throwing a ball can help pets stay active.
Downey says it's also important to make sure outdoor pets have proper shelter. The shelter should face south and have flaps to keep wind out.
Pet owners should also make sure their pets have plenty of water during the winter. Bob Downey says animals can get dehydrated just as easy in the winter as they can in heat.
Putting a sweater or boots on your pet can also help them stay warm when they are outside.