Just like people, an animal's ability to endure the cold can vary from pet to pet based on their activity level, coat, and how healthy they are. With the coldest air of the season set to pour into our region this weekend, it'd be a good idea to let them spend the night indoors. Be mindful of your pet’s tolerance for cold weather, and adjust accordingly to their needs.
Arthritic and elderly pets may have more difficulty walking, if let out in the cold too long. Although long-haired, furry dogs are more cold-tolerant, they're still at risk of struggling to regulate their body temperature, and may be more susceptible to problems from temperature extremes that they're not use to. Short-haired pets feel the cold much faster because they have less protection, and short-legged pets may become cold faster because their bodies are closer to the cold ground.
If your pet is not fit to come indoors, your garage is another option and make sure they have warm bedding. Please protect them from the elements this weekend!
Meteorologist Kelly Foster