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Don't forget about pets as temps drop below freezing

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Posted at 11:07 AM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 12:10:54-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As temperatures reach dangerously-cold levels across Middle Tennessee, Metro Animal Control is reminding people to take care of their pets.

Overnight temperatures are expected to dip down into the teens, with Wednesday’s highs only projected to reach the mid to low 20s. Metro Animal Control says pet owners should take steps to protect their animals.

Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for at least the next three days – Metro ordinances prohibit tethering pets when temperatures get this cold.

If you see a pet that needs help, you should call 615-862-7928.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also says if it’s too cold for you to be outside, then it’s probably too cold for your pet.

They have a few tips on protecting your pets during the winter:

  • Wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice and salt/chemicals.
  • Bathe your dogs as little as possible during cold spells.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter.
  • Make sure your pet has warm place to sleep at night.

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