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Protecting Yourself and Pets from Wind Chill

The wind chill could be as low as -15 degrees at the end of the week, which Dr. Byers said could cause serious health problems for your four-legged friend.
WHAG NEWSIt is a frigid start to the New Year. It began snowing early Thursday afternoon and temperatures are expected to be in the single digits, which could be dangerous for folks and their pets.  

But it is not the snow you need to worry about, a Hagerstown doctor and veterinarian say it’s the wind chill.

“The wind is probably the major issue to look at. If the temperature drops low and there is no wind, it’s not as vital of an issue,” said Dr. Ben Byers, of Park Circle Animal Hospital.

The wind chill could be as low as -15 degrees at the end of the week, which Dr. Byers said could cause serious health problems for your four-legged friend.

“Everybody needs shelter from the wind, some sort of break from the wind,” said Dr. Byers. “If at all possible get them inside in the heat.”

Along with protecting our pets from this extreme weather it’s important to protect ourselves. When the temps dip this low, Dr Vandana Sajankila, a pediatrician at The Children’s Doctor, said frost bite can become an issue.

“It doesn’t take too long especially if the temperatures are in the teens. It might set in as early as 30 minutes,” said Dr. Sajankila.

Dr. Sajankila says you should stay inside as much as possible, but if you do have to go outside it is important to layer up.

“I would recommend at least three layers of clothing. A shirt, hoodie, and a really good winter jacket. The main thing to cover is your ears with a hat or muffs,” said Dr. Sajankila.

 

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