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Freezing temps can be deadly for pets

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Hypothermia can set in in small dogs such as Joey, pictured, in 10 to 15 minutes. (FOX5) Hypothermia can set in in small dogs such as Joey, pictured, in 10 to 15 minutes. (FOX5)
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With temperatures set to drop to the freezing mark in southern Nevada this week, pet owners need to know the weather can be deadly for animals.

If you have a pet that stays or goes outside, a little extra protection is in order.

"Dogs with very thin coats don't have a lot of metabolism or body heat storage. They can go into clinical hypothermia in 10 or 15 minutes being left outside," said veterinarian Dr. Terry Muratore.

Larger pets with more fur can stay outside a bit longer, but you need to be careful with them as well when the temperature dips below 32 degrees.

"If it's windy, it accelerates heat transfer. They get colder much, much quicker," Muratore said.

Muratore said pets are similar to people in that they will shiver and get disoriented when hypothermia sets in. Those symptoms mean it's time to visit a veterinarian.

Pets need an insulated shelter and blankets if you have to keep them outdoors or in a garage.

Muratore said pet clothing including sweaters and boots will actually help keep animals warm.

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