(WCMH) Veterinarians want pet owners to know that dogs and cats cannot remain outside for hours in subzero temperatures.
"People can get frostbite within a few hours, being in really cold weather. So it's no different for them," says Dr. Michelle Gonzalez of Dublin, Ohio's Rascal Animal Hospital.
Gonzalez was tending to a feral cat under anesthesia Saturday night that had frostbitten ears.
"The circulation has been cut because of the cold weather and they have kind of a leathery feel to them and they will eventually fall off and cause problems," Dr. Gonzalez explained.
She said the ears are the first body part to freeze. Dogs and cats don't have a lot of fur on them and they are thin and can't withstand winter's worst.