Watertown— Tonight, Jefferson and surrounding counties are said to be hit with 25 below zero temperatures and winds as cold as 35 below zero.
Bundling up and dressing in layers isn’t the only thing folks should do during frigid temperatures. If you own a pet, you might want to consider keeping them warm tonight. According to Veterinarian, Doctor Christopher Jank of Watertown Animal Hospital, the type of breed you have makes a big difference. Northern breeds such as Husky’s and Alaskan Malamute’s can withstand bitter temperatures.
Most longhaired dogs can withstand the cold, however even longhaired dogs must have some sort of shelter. “A dog house outside is perfectly fine, as long as you put a blanket inside their dog house. This is specifically for longhaired dogs or dogs built for the cold. Smaller, longhaired dogs and any shorthair dog ought to be taken inside tonight”, advised Doctor Jank.
So, if you have a shorthaired dog, you should consider Doctor’s orders and bring your family pet indoors tonight. If your pet normally stays outdoors, make sure they have a well-insulated doghouse and ensure you follow the above guidelines.