Frostbite, hypothermia possible for pets as temps dip dangerously low

Thursday's high will only reach 19 degrees

INDIANAPOLIS - When temps dip dangerously low, animals are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia just like humans.

RTV6's Anne Kelly used an electric thermometer to test how quickly she lost heat after standing out in the cold Thursday morning. After just 10 minutes, her surface temperature dropped from around 100 degrees to below freezing.

The same is true for animals that need to be taken outdoors for walks. Kelly's Shih Tzu, Harriette, had an indoor surface temperature of 72 degrees Thursday morning. But after being outside for just five minutes, Harriette's temperature dropped to 43 degrees.

Cats and dogs have different body temperatures based on their fur and size, but animal advocates advise pet parents not to leave their animals outside for long periods of time.

If you notice an animal that has been outside for an extended period of time during cold temperatures, don't hesitate to call your local animal control center.

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