When temperatures drop, outside pets can end up getting the absolute worst of it. If you have dogs, cats, or any other pets living in the yard, please don't forget about them, and make sure that they have adequate housing to stay warm and out of the elements.

Just like humans, our animal friends are susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite when it gets cold. Breeds with long thick coats can stand the cold much better, but they are also still at risk and shouldn't be forgotten.

If you don't have the option of bringing your dogs and cats inside, for one reason or another, please consider allowing them a space in your garage, or buying them a dog house to keep them out of the wind. One of those, paired with a warming light, could make a huge difference. Remember that animals are at the mercy of their owners and desperately need you to make responsible decisions when it comes to their welfare.

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If you can't afford a heating lamp, you can always throw extra old blankets into the house to help them stay cozy, and move the house out of the wind and underneath your porch, which will keep it from getting covered in snow.

Every year, I see dogs and cats outside freezing while their owners sit inside of their warm house. If you love your pets, and I know you do, you will do whatever you can to keep them comfortable during the freeze. Also, be sure to provide adequate food and water. Shivering burns a ton of calories and you don't want your little Sparky to be hungry and drained.

Thanks for loving your pets! Feel free to post a picture of your pets enjoying the snow in the comment section on our KFMX Facebook page!

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