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Pet safety during cold temps

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Humans aren't the only ones that need to worry about staying warm this winter, so do household pets.

Pets love to play out in the snow, but veterinarians warn they too can get hurt from the cold temperatures, especially dogs.

If you do have an outdoor dog, veterinarians say to keep food available, and always have fresh water in a bowl to avoid the water from freezing.

"You really need to make sure that they're drinking the water. So that, you need to check the bowl and 'Oh Yes' everyone's drinking, everyone's find," said Elizabeth Hays, Veterinarian for Terrace Heights Family Pet Clinic.

Hays says outdoor dogs should have a shelter or be kept inside the garage.

As for the outdoor cats, Hays say pet owners should make sure to check under their vehicles because they tend to hide there to stay warm.

Veterinarians say if you walk your dog outside, to bundle them up with a sweater or pet coat. Also, with the snow and freezing temperatures, they recommend indoor pets to not be left outside for more than 10-15 minutes at a time.