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Protect your pooch: Dogs can get frostbite

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(MyFoxBoston.com) -- With wind chills as low as -25 expected Friday, southern New Englanders will also have to look out for the health of their four-legged friends.

A FOX 25 viewer asked on our Facebook page whether or not dogs can get frostbite and the answer is yes!

According to VCA Animal Hospitals, the most common places dogs can get frostbite is on the paws, ears, and tail. If a dog is wet or damp in these areas, they are more vulnerable to the skin damage.

The animal hospital writes that the most common signs of frostbite include discoloration that is often pale gray or bluish to the affected area, coldness or brittleness of the area when touched, pain, swelling, blisters, and areas of blackened or dead skin. The area may also become red and painful as the tissue begins to thaw.

Anyone who believes their pet may have frostbite should seek medical attention as soon as possible. The VCA Animal Hospital also offers some other suggestions for helping a frostbitten pet. To learn more, visit: vcahospitals.com

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