While we bundle up and brace ourselves against cold weather pet experts urge you to get your animals ready for the cold too.
Experts said that dogs that are outside should have a shelter free of holes and lined with lots of straw for warmth. Water should be checked to make sure it’s not frozen and they should have plenty of access to both food and water. It’s also important to keep your pets paws free of ice, snow and salt.
"Always if you’re going to use salt and it’s not safe for pets always clean their feet with a wash rag and clear that salt off because salt will burn and irritate the pads of their feet," said Rescue Coordinator of the Animal Shelter Charity Samson.
If the irritation occurs over a period of time it could lead to ulcers on the paws. Cats also need to be watched in the cold temperatures.
"Even though they are outdoors and cats are notorious for finding a place to get out of the weather you still want to have a makeshift box with straw for them to get into," said Samson.
Samson said if temperatures reach below freezing it’s always recommended that animals be brought indoors.