(WTVM) - As temperatures drop it's important to not only keep yourself warm, but your pets as well.
Pets are happier when they are indoors and kept warm especially during this time of the year.
They are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads can quickly freeze and suffer permanent damage.
If your cat or dog spends most of their time outside, he or she must be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter. It must be large enough to allow the pet to sit and lie down comfortably, but small enough to hold in his/her body heat.
Also, if you see a cat or dog left in the cold please take a picture for documentation and report it to a local animal control agency and present your evidence.
For more information on how to keep your pets safe during cold weather please click here.