Keeping pets safe during winter

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - As the temperatures go down, the risk of pet winter-related illness goes up.

Animal experts over at the Central Nebraska Humane Society say if it's about forty degrees or below our pets need to be indoors and away from the cold.

When it snows we also need to dry off their fur to make sure they're not wet for a long time.

Winter weather can also dry out cats and dogs' paws, much like how we get dry skin. Shelter workers say rubbing petroleum jelly on their paws will help.

One pet owner said she's protecting her loved ones from bitter weather.

"I only let them out when they need to go to the bathroom. They do not stay outside because they're too small. Chihuahuas have extremely thin coats and so they don't do well," said Rose Crause of Grand Island.

If you decide to take your dogs on walks then bundle them up.

Humane Society workers say the little sweaters you can get at Petco actually help keep them warm. Dressing them up in booties and scarves can also go a long way.