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Frostbite warning for pets

THE DSPCA is urging people to keep their pets indoors through the cold snap as they too can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia.

Temperatures look set to fall to -10 degrees in the coming nights and dogs and cats can be susceptible to frostbite.

Orla Augnier from the DSPCA has urged animal owners to be vigilant during the big freeze.

"Remember to be very careful with sick or older dogs, since they are more sensitive to cold weather," she said.

"For any dog sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.

"Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adults. Even brief exposure to below-zero temperatures can lead to frostbite of the feet, nose or ears."