The Nebraska Humane Society is dealing with two cases of cold exposure for animals, and it doesn't take long for exposure to the elements to set in for your pets.
Recently two cats were brought to the Humane Society at different times with frostbite. One of the cats, Casey, had surgery to repair one of his ears two days ago. Echo, the other, had frostbite on both of her ears and tail. It's unclear whether the cats had owners or how long they were outside during the sub-zero temperatures but they think Echo may have been stuck in a tree.
The Humane Society says just like humans when pets are exposed to extreme cold their blood flows to their core which can cause frost bite.
"If it's not a super cold winter we may not see many cases of this, but we were prepared for it because we know it's just been frigid and it's been frigid days at a time," said Pam Wiese with the NE Humane Society.
Echo and Casey will be OK and are in the process to be ready for adoption.
Wiese said if your pets do stay outdoors make sure they have shelter with a door flap or hay insulation that helps your pet hold body heat. Also, NHS says it is good to take your dog on shorter walks.
If you suspect an animal is in distress from being exposed to the cold call the Nebraska Humane Society at 402-444-7800.