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Veterinarians urge families to keep pets inside during cold spells

Dr. Chris Batts with the Needham Animal Hospital keeps his office dog covered with a jacket to keep her warm. Dr. Chris Batts with the Needham Animal Hospital keeps his office dog covered with a jacket to keep her warm.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington Veterinarians are urging families to keep their pets inside on cold winter nights.

Dr. Chris Batts with the Needham Animal Hospital keeps his office dog covered with a jacket to keep her warm.

Batts said that on nights where temperatures drop into the 30's, he urges pet owners to keep their animals inside at all costs. 

If they are pets that live outside, he said they should be provided with a warm bed or doghouse to sleep in.

"I think it's very important that if you can get them inside, to get them out of the elements," said Batts.  "Obviously, the cold weather, particularly short-haired dogs, they're not always adapted to it- particularly in this environment we have here where it's 65 one day and drops down to 30 the next day."

Batts said some dogs fare better in cold weather depending on their age and size.  He said that pets are family members so they should be treated as such.

"As part of the family, you want to make sure they're kept safe [and] they're kept warm," the doctor elaborated.

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