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Cold weather impacts animals

WATERLOO (KWWL) In this cold weather, animals are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia.

During the winter months, the Cedar Bend Humane Society sees numerous animals suffering from the effects of the winter weather.

Recently, one dog was found suffering from severe frostbite on his paws. The humane society said the doberman was abandoned and found running around Waterloo. He could have died from the cold and not being able to find food.

Fur does not make animals immune to the cold.

Vet Tech Katelyn Fabbro said just like our extremeties, animals can get frostbite on their paws, ears, nose and tails. She's seen frostbite so bad it made a cat's tails, ears and nose all fall off.

If you suspect your animal might be suffering from hypothermia, warm the pet up slowly and get him or her to a vet immediately.

If you have an outside pet, always provide an insulated and dry shelter. Plus, make sure the drinking water doesn't freeze.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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