In light of the sub zero weather that is embracing the Sioux Falls community and region, area veterinarians urge us to pay special attention to keeping pets safe and warm.

Here are some life saving tips:

During cold weather, pets need extra shelter and outdoor pets may need to be brought inside. When temperatures dip below 32 degrees, it is a dangerous time for pets.

Outdoor pets need appropriate shelter to protect them from frigid temperatures.

Watch out for pets seeking warmth in dangerous places such as under warm vehicles.

When letting pets outside, do so only briefly during extreme cold.

When walking a dog in cold weather, remember that their feet are unprotected from cold.  Keep the walks short or avoid them during the frigid weather.

Check with your veterinarian about dietary adjustments for maximum health during the winter.