With the extremely cold temperatures that we're experiencing now and will for the next few days, staying inside is a good idea, but at times, you'll need to go outside. One of the reasons you'll need to is to let your furry friends out.

While you should still let them out, you should take some precautions when it's this cold.

"If it's cold for us, it's going to be cold for them as well," said Roxane Neufeld, a veterinarian at the Dauphin Vet Clinic. "You should always be careful to not take them out for too long. If they're lifting up their feet, it's likely because it's too cold on them so you should take them back inside."

Some other precautions you can take include:

  • Keep your walks a lot shorter.
  • If your dogs or cats are generally always outside, make sure they have a shelter where they can go to get out of the wind.
  • If outside, a heat lamp is always a great idea.

"These temperatures are cold for all of us, so it's really important that we always take extra caution," concluded Neufeld.