In light of the wind chill temperatures dipping down to 25 to 30 below zero in Sioux Falls, here are some tips so you can properly protect your pet.

  1. Don't leave your pet outside in the cold or prolonged periods of time.  Limit time outdoors and be aware of frostbite on ears, tail and paws.  If you run with your dog, pay attention to cold paws.  If it gets too cold, leave your pet at home.  Cats should always be left indoors.
  2. Keep your pets warm, dry and away from drafts while inside.  Space heaters and other heat sources can burn your pet.  Keep portable heaters out of reach and make sure all fireplaces have adequate screening.
  3. Your pet is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer, so be sure to provide plenty of fresh water.  Snow is not a substitute for water.
  4. Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice.  Make sure your dog always wears ID tags.
  5. Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts.  A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect!