BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The cold weather not only poses a danger for people who are outside, but also for their pets.
MSPCA spokesperson Rob Halpin gave WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens a list of tips for pet owners during this cold snap.
"Rule number one, let's keep the outside trips as short as possible, especially for dogs," Halpin said. "A quick walk outside to use the bathroom, and then right back inside."
There are a few warning signs that your dog may be too cold--and Halpin said they're similar to the warning signs for humans.
"We see that our dogs have stopped and are sitting down and are shivering," he said. "That is a tell-tale sign that they're too cold, they're uncomfortable, and it could get dangerous."
He also warned about protecting their paws from ice melt.
"We should absolutely be buying the ice melt labeled as pet safe, and even then, we should do the best we can to remove some of the excess ice melt from their paws when they're coming inside, because that can be very irritating to the sensitive skin in our dogs' paws," he said.
As for cats, Halpin said they should be kept indoors as a rule, but that they especially do not do well in frigid weather.
"We should also be very mindful of cats who may be living outdoors all the time because they're unowned cats," he said. "They're going to take shelter next to car engines, so it's a good idea when we leave our house in the morning to give a friendly tap on the hood of our car to make sure there's no wildlife or cats inside seeking shelter from the cold."
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports