WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Temperatures are expected to dip into the 20's overnight. With the extreme cold setting in, pet experts are reminding you to bring your furry friends indoors.
Even though they have fur, animal experts say that offers little protection against the elements.
A sweater can help for some breeds. However, don't count on a sweater to provide full protection.
Pets lose most of their body heat from the pads of their feet, their ears, nose and mouth.
So, on a night like this, Katie Keller, the owner of Unleashed at Landfall Shopping Center, says you have to bring your outside animals indoors.
"Bring them in," she said. "We do have a lot of deaths that happen when it gets this cold for them. Pets get much colder than us. Their coats only do so much. When it gets under 30, you really have to bring them in. If they stay outside and there is no way to bring them in, give them some extra hay and blankets."