We've been slammed with severely cold weather, otherwise known as a polar vortex. The wind chills have made temperatures even lower and officials have warned that frostbite could happen if you're outside for only 30 minutes. You need to keep yourself and your family safe, but this is also a time to make sure your best furry friends stay warm as well.

Your pets can suffer from frostbite too and can happen when temperatures are below 32 degrees, and this week, it's definitely been below 32 degrees.
Here are some ways to make sure your pet is safe when temperatures are frigid cold.

So here are a few ways to keep your pet safe in the freezing weather:

  • Minimize outdoor time
    • If they are outside, make sure they have some kind of coat and booties. Dry them off immediately when they come inside.
  • Make sure they wear collars
    • The cold weather can make your pet confused and they could wander off.
  • Make sure they're eating and drinking as much as possible.
    • Hydration is very important to prevent their skin from becoming too dry.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says, "if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside." Snuggle them up and make them feel loved and warm.

For more tips on keeping your pets safe during these cold winter months, click here. 

(Fox News)