Tips for you and your pet to stay safe in the cold

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – If you work or play outside, you need to know how the cold affects your body

Being active in the cold can put you at risk for hypothermia and frostbite.

If your core body temperature drops just a few degrees, hypothermia will set in, your brain and body will not work as well and it can even kill you.

We asked Doctor Ryan Stanton about the dangers of the cold, especially to the elderly and children.

“You know anybody can be at risk in the right situations and we have had days where it has been windy and that compounds everything just as much by blowing that warm air that may be building up right off of you and cooling you down much faster. So when we see people in the emergency room often because parts have gotten wet, if it be there socks or their clothes or whatever it may be. So anytime you have moisture associated with the drop in temperature, that’s when people are really high risk for hypothermic related events.”

To stay safe in the cold remember to stay hydrated, be prepared, stay dry, and wear lots of layers.

As we think about keeping ourselves warm this winter, don’t forget the pets.
Cold weather can hurt our pets’ health if we don’t know what to look for.

Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists say your pets’ paws can be extra sensitive on cold pavement, especially when there are dangerous chemicals on the ground from ice-melting agents.

“If they are starting to show limping or sensitivity with their paws, you want to check their paws for any cracks or irritation, we have to be careful with ice getting on the fur between the pads, salts or any other caustic chemical like anti-freeze.”

Dr. Antu says to let your dog out for no more than 5-10 minutes at a time when temps drop, and to make sure they stay dry.

Remember if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet.

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