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Pet owners urged to take extra care of animals as temperatures fall

With the snow coming and the coldest temperatures in 20 years expected, it may be easy to forget the needs of pets. The Indiana Department of Homeland security has tips for pet owners, especially those who keep their animals outdoors. 

Indiana officials say if pets are kept outdoors, provide them with a form of shelter. Heated shelters, such as garages, are preferable and owners should frequently check on them to ensure their safety.

Give pets fresh water frequently and have a heat source, if possible, to prevent freezing. Monitor indoor pets when letting them outside. Pets can get cold quickly, and temperatures next week can lead to frost bite. Limit their exposure outdoors. Cover their paws and other exposed skin if possible.
 
Shovel a path for pets to go outside, especially small pets that may have difficulty in deep snow. If you come upon a cold dog, warm it up slowly then get it to a veterinarian, if possible, immediately.

For more winter weather preparation tips, go to GetPrepared.In.gov. 

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