Cold Weather Could Give Your Pet Frostbite

Franque Thompson

OMAHA (KPTM)- Don't keep your pets out too long in the cold weather--they could get frostbite.

An eight-week--old stray kitten was rescued and treated at the Nebraska Humane Society for frostbite. The kitten is one of four cats that has been treated for frost bite in the past two weeks.

"If a cat isn't seeking out the proper shelter at night it can be really dangerous for them," said Elizabeth Hilpipre of NHS.

When cats get frostbite, usually the tip of the ear is affected because the ear is so thin. This can also be true for dogs.

"It's like a pale white or blue color and if it's even more severe it can be red and swollen in the area that's frostbitten," said Hilpipre.

Frostbite can happen to any pet if left outside too long.

NHS said if you see any signs of frostbite in your pet put the affected area in lukewarm water for 15 to 30 minutes. Do not rub the area, that will cause more damage. If the skin becomes dark NHS said take your pet to the veterinarian.

NHS also suggests using deicing salt that is pet friendly when laying it over slick spots. Using that kind of salt won't harm your pet if it's ingested or stuck in its paws.