Like us, pets need playtime outside to stretch their legs; get exercise and breathe-in fresh air. But, with below freezing temperatures, is it safe to keep dogs and cats outside for long periods of time?
On warm days, pets should stay outside for at least 30 minutes to play with other animals and bond with pets. However, when snow is on the ground, animal health and well being becomes a concern. Most healthy medium or large dogs can walk for 30-minutes if the temperature is above 20 degrees F. Smaller dogs should limit the walk to 15 or 20 minutes if temps are between 20 to 32 degrees F.