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Keep your furry friend warm this winter

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When we experience the cold temperatures of winter, the Siouxland Humane Society says that the best place for your pet is indoors.

Animals can freeze quickly; and even though they have fur, the tips of their ears, nose, parts of their mouth and even their paws are all susceptible to frostbite.

"They can also suffer from hypothermia and it can be deadly," said LaVon Stroh from the Siouxland Humane Society. "So, you really need to be smart about this and the best thing is to just to bring them inside."

If you have an outdoor pet, it's very important that you provide things like food, water in a heated water dish and elevated shelter that's out of the wind.

For small dogs, there are coats and little booties available to keep them warm during potty breaks.

The best time to take your pet for a walk, Stroh said, is later on during the day when the temperature is a bit warmer.

If you have cats, they need to be kept inside. Stroh said if you have a cat that likes to roam, they could possibly get stranded outside in the cold with no warm shelter.

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