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The bitter temps we've been experiencing this week not only have a grave effect on us, but they are equally as hard on your pets. Local veterinarian Dr. Nancy Altena from Companions Animal Hospital joined us on The Pete & Doug Show this morning with some precautionary advice on taking care of your animals when the temps dip to the sub-zero range.

Dr. Nancy briefed us on some of the signs your pet may have picked up frostbite from being out too long.

February is Pet Dental Health Month, so Dr. Nancy also covered dental hygiene for our carnivorous pets, "The key is to be consistent and make it part of their routine. You should brush your cat's, dog's or ferret's teeth once a day.", she said. Dr. Nancy told us she uses a poultry flavored toothpaste that her cats love, but warned against using human toothpaste, as the fluoride and other chemicals in it can be dangerous to your pets.

You can listen to the entire interview below.

Dr. Altena is owner and veterinarian at Companions Animal Hospital and played on a women's hockey team while attending the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.