vA: This is a good question especially after the recent cold spell we had in January. The answer depends on many variables. But anytime the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit the issue becomes more pressing.

The overall health of the pet, the pet’s coat type and of course the temperature are all variables to consider when taking your pet outside in cold temperatures. To me, if I am cold with my coat on, my pet is probably cold too.

If you have an outdoor pet, provide shelter, unfrozen food and water and by all means bring them inside when it gets extremely cold.

One more thing, keep your pet away from frozen bodies of water, ponds, lakes, streams etc.