Rockford Animal Shelter Reminding Residents Cold Can Be Dangerous For Pets Too

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With temperatures in the Stateline well below zero, a local animal shelter is warning residents to bring their pets inside.

Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary General Manager Stephanie Lauer says it takes just 20 minutes for animals to suffer from frostbite and hypothermia.  She also says don’t rely on animal’s fur coat to keep them warm.

“If you want to walk them you will definitely want to coat your dog” says Lauer.  “Especially if it’s a dog that’s groomed.  If the dogs are groomed, you must put a coat on the dog.  They don’t have enough to cover themselves and keep warm.  So, no insulation layer between the fur and the skin.”

Lauer also says to keep an eye on your pet’s feet.  If they hold them while standing, it’s a sign they’re feet are too cold.

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