Local humane society reminds you how to keep your furry friends safe when cold weather moves in

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - "If it's too cold for you, it's too cold for them," said Anitra Holley, Foster Care Coordinator for PAWS Humane.

Pet experts at PAWS Humane say that just like us, our pets can suffer from frostbite or hypothermia. As colder weather moves in, bringing them inside can save them a lot of pain.

"They start getting lethargic or slow. You might see them wobble or walk really funny or strangely like their drunk," said Holley.

Even though their body temperatures are naturally warmer than ours, the amount of hair on your dog or cat plays a factor.

Dogs with longer hair can withstand colder temperatures than those with short hair.  If you have a short haired dog, they recommend putting a sweater on them before taking them on a walk.

"You just want to make sure they have some sort of layer of protection," said Holley.

Pet experts also say if you absolutely can't bring your pets inside, there are other precautions you can take.

"You just pack straw inside their house so they can crawl in and burrow in to keep themselves warm. You can also pack it on the outside of their house, around the sides and on top to help insulate the house if you can't find a heat lamp," said Holley.

You can prevent your pets from frostbite early by getting little booties or rubbing petroleum jelly on their paw pads, giving it time to soak in.

They also say just to wrap your pet in a warm blanket and avoid putting them in warm water.

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