Alberta has been under extreme cold warnings for most of the week. From windchill to snowstorms, we received every warning you can imagine. In extreme weather conditions, advisories explained that individuals should keep themselves warm, but also look out for the warmth and safety of their pets. According to the Alberta SPCA, a record number of animal distress calls have come in due to Alberta’s cold snap. 

Alberta isn’t any stranger to cold weather. It fact, it has been the coldest place on the planet before. 

It has been so cold over the past few days that the highs were still as low as -20.

Environment Canada even issued a warning for almost the entire province stating that the cold would be putting everyone at risk. 

The extreme cold weather alerts also included a friendly reminder to the public that if it is too cold for you, then it is definitely too cold of your fur baby. 

Because there has been a high risk of frostbite and hypothermia, exposed skin is not advised in these conditions, therefore bare paws and noses are dangerous, too.

As a result of the dangerous weather, the Alberta SPCA has received a record amount of animal distress calls due to the intense cold. 

According to CTV News, the Alberta SPCA has been incredibly busy this week and has had so many distress complaints that new records have been set. 

A spokesperson with the organization spoke with CTV News and explained that on Monday, January 13, there were 31 complaints. 

The next day, there was an additional 30, totalling 61 complaints in just two days. 

In addition to the calls, three cats were surrendered in the Thorsby area on Monday after they were found to be living in an old vehicle trying to find warm shelter. 

The SPCA strongly recommends that animals be kept indoors during cold weather or that a guardian is looking after the animals while they face the elements. 

According to a press release from the SPCA, “One of the most common situations we encounter is dogs who are tethered outdoors in sub-zero temperatures. Animals are safest indoors, but if you must keep an animal outside, ensure shelter is off the ground, insulated from the cold and drinking water is not frozen.”

While it would be nice to snuggle up with your best friend all day long, they will have to go outside eventually to do their business. 

According to the SPCA, jackets and boots are not only adorable and fashion-forward, but they are also a necessity for dogs during cold temperatures. 

The bottom line is that if you're cold, so are they. 

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