The weather outside is frightful,and the animals that live outdoors are subjected to all of the harsh elements winter can bring. With the temperatures dropping as low as the teens, pets need extra care if they are out of the home. Pets need a shelter box even for a cat. It needs to be elevated and have dry bedding such as straw. Besides keeping pets warm, pet owners must also be aware of the dangers deicing agents bring when used on pavements and sidewalks. Anitfreeze and salt can severely harm animals if licked or absorbed through paws and skin. Paws need to be wiped or washed off immediately if contact occurs. Other important measures to take in prepping your pet for blustery days: Check their water bowl four times daily, because water freezes quickly. Also increase the amount of food you feed your pet it will need those extra calories to stay warm. If the temperatures get too extreme it is best to bring your pet indoors. If you have any questions concerning winter pet care contact your local animal shelter society.