It's going to be a cold weekend ahead in Minnesota. If you've got a fur baby at home, make sure you're keeping them safe from the frigid temperatures. While they do have a natural coat, even that isn't enough sometimes. Here are some things you should be aware of this weekend to keep your pets safe according to Animal Humane Society. 

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  • Keep your animals inside this weekend. According to the website Animal Humane Society, it's a myth that animals are immune to the cold weather because of their fur. If it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for them.
  • Don't bathe your pet as much in the winter. Their bodies need the natural oils they produce to keep their skin from drying out.
  • Make sure to feed your pets a little more...usually they need more calories in the winter. If you're wondering how much more you should feed them, talk to your vet.
  • Keep them hydrated. Just like in the summer months, it's important to keep your pet well hydrated in the winter too.
  • Add on layers. If you've got a pet with short hair, you might want to put them in a sweater before you let them outside to tinkle. You can even add an extra layer of protection on their feet with pet booties.
  • Check their paws. Sometimes cats and dogs can get ice buildup on their paws.
  • Don't let your pet out of your sight. It's one thing if you dog stays in warmer weather, it's dangerous if they get lost in the winter.

If your pet is acting abnormal, is shivering, crying, or seems weak, those could be signs of hypothermia. You should call your vet immediately. If you'd like more pet safety tips during extreme cold temperatures, check out Animal Humane Society. 

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