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It is important to protect your pets in the cold.  Veterinarians at the Raleigh County Animal Hospital say several animals have been brought in for frostbite or hypothermia over the past few days.

Dr. Ben Dorsey at the hospital says frostbite is the biggest thing to watch out for on your pets' feet, their pads, their tail, and in their ear tips.  He says hypothermia can happen, due to a decrease in body temperature.  Dr. Dorsey says treatment for hypothermia or frostbite could cost in the hundreds of dollars.

"It's real popular for cats to get under car hoods to try and stay warm and then they'll get injured with the fan belt, when you try to start the car up," said Dorsey.

He also says certain breeds like chihuahuas and older animals are more susceptible to complications outside. 

Dr. Dorsey says even under 40 degrees, you may want to keep some animals inside.

If your pets are outside, it is important to make sure they have a good shelter, to protect them from the wind and to make sure they have plenty of food.  Eating helps increase their body temperature.

If you think your pet is experiencing hypothermia, frostbite, or has a cut in their paw because of salt, it is important to get them checked out as soon as possible to prevent other complications.