MADISON (WKOW) -- This week we may not see any bitter cold temperatures, but the temps are sure to drop again this winter, so it's important to keep an eye on your pets during those extreme weather conditions.
Dane County Humane Society urges pet owners to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of their companion animals.
Gayle Viney, Public Relations Coordinator for DCHS says the bitter cold can pose serious health risks to family pets.
"Animals can suffer from hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries, and harsh conditions can weaken their immune systems, leaving them vulnerable to illness," Viney said.
Viney says you should never leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops and shorthaired, very young or old dogs and all cats should never be left outside without supervision.
"Only take them out for shortened bathroom breaks and supervised exercise," Viney said. "No matter what the temperature, wind chill can threaten a pet's life."
Viney says animals can be outside for short intervals, but you make sure to pay attention to signs that they are getting too cold. She says some signs include: shivering, whimpering, repeated lifting of paws, and lethargy.
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