People, pets susceptible to frostbite

Frostbite is most common on fingers, toes, ears, cheeks, nose and chins. For pets it's their paws, ears, tail and nose.

This time of the year it's important to bundle up in layers and keep you and your pet warm.

Chief Meteorologist Kevin Lawrence says the cold weather we've been getting isn't going to break for a while. "It's going to be dangerously cold. We'll have many more wind chill advisories and probably wind chill warnings as well. It is going to be critical that you take a lot of breaks and try to not have to much exposed skin outdoors," said Lawrence.

If the wind chill is 20 to 30 degrees below zero, frostbite will set in in under 30 minutes.

As the wind chill lowers, it takes less time for frostbite to occur.

"We talk about the wind chill, and how it affects humans, don't forget our furry friends. You've got to take precautions there," said Lawrence.

We don't want to be outside for too long and neither do our pets.

"I think all animals are cold. Not all animals have the same amount of body fat, the same type of hide, the same type of skin, the same type of hair. They're not all acclimated," said Veterinarian Susan Keller.

Keller recommends people take their pet on short walks and to bundle them up in coats or booties.

She also adds owners should wash off ice melt products that stick to their pets paws.

If you have any questions on frostbite you can call your local veterinarian or physician.