Pets can get frostbite too

This cat suffered frostbite to its ears. She is now ready to be adopted.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  With extremely cold temperatures again invading the area, Fort Wayne’s Department of Animal Care & Control is reminding pet owners to limit the amount of time dogs spend outside and to not let cats outside at all.

According to Peggy Bender, Community Relations & Education Specialist with the department, frostbite tends to involve the tail, ear tips, pads of the feet and the scrotum.  These are the parts typically least protected by fur.    Once an animal suffers frostbite, it will experience pain as the circulation returns to the affected area.  The tissue will become read and swollen and may even separate from the animal.

The two-year-old female cat in the picture above was turned over the Animal Care & Control by a concerned citizen.  It had suffered frostbite to its ears.  Within nine days, the animal lost tissue from both of its ears.  The cat is being rehabilitated at the shelter and should be ready for adoption within the next two weeks as healing progresses.  The shelter is calling her Circe #A311782

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