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Pet owners urged to keep close eye on furry friends during cold blast

Posted at 5:35 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 18:38:56-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The cold weather can take its toll on our pets too.

The Nebraska Humane Society is reminding people to keep a close eye on pets when they are outdoors Friday night and through the weekend.

Long exposure to the cold, wind and wet conditions can lead to frostbite for pets.

It's important to make sure they have a place that they can go to get out of the elements. But it's also important to double check your surroundings to make sure they haven’t cozied up somewhere they could get hurt.

“Cats are pretty good at finding warmer places but unfortunately that might be your car engine once you stopped it,” said Pam Wiese of the Nebraska Humane Society. “If you have a car that's parked outside and you know there are cats outside, and even if you don't, it's a good idea to bang on the hood when you go out. You're going to be scrapping it off probably anyway but make some noise so that they leave.”

Pam says it's also important to make sure pets have access to fresh water, so make sure you're double checking to make sure that water bowl isn't frozen over.