They may have a coat of fur, but pets still need protection against winter weather.
"The long-haired breeds of dogs and cats do handle cold weather better than short-hairs, but that's a result of their origins," said Dr. Mitch Spaulding of Harrodsburg Animal Hospital. "But even the long-haired pets can develop problems if they're not watched."
Spaulding recommends all pets have a checkup once a year, regardless of the temperature.
"Pets generally handle cold weather pretty well, but some precautions should be taken," said Spaulding. "Of course, all pets should have a yearly checkup, but if your pet has some health problems, they might need special care during cold weather."
Spaulding said two of the biggest problems for animals during the winter are frostbite and lack of water.
"The water supply is one of the most important items during the winter," he said.
"Water freezes, and if a pet doesn't have ready access to unfrozen water, they look for an alternative. Antifreeze doesn't freeze, of course, and it has a very sweet taste, but it's also very deadly to pets.