CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The cold weather can take a toll on our four-legged friends according to animal shelter experts.
Though they may have fur, but they can still be susceptible to cold weather.
Sharon Ray, with the Gulf Coast Humane Society, tells us, "A lot of people think that just leave your dogs outside, leave your cats outside, it's fine. They've got fur. But they are also subject to the cold. Especially damp grounds, water that gets on them, the elements, the wind. It's one thing to be cold. It's another when you add all of those elements in together."
Ray said when the temperatures dip below 50 to 55 degrees, it's best to bring your animals inside.
If you do decide to keep them outside, they should have a dog house or some other structure that is about 2-inches off the ground.
It's also a plus to put blankets inside that structure for our four-legged friends.