ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Now that the weather is starting to get a bit cooler, it's important for pet owners to keep their animals warm.
Wendy Kang of Saving Grace says it is important for your dog or cat to have a warm dry place to get out of the weather.
Depending on how old or big your pet is, they can spend more time outside, but it's important they eventually come inside. "(Make sure) it's up off the ground, insolated from the drafts, extra blankets to snuggle into or even straw," said Kang, "someplace they can snuggle down for that warmth when it gets colder."
Kang says smaller dogs and puppies should be indoors as much as possible, and for short haired dogs a sweater is not a bad idea.
If your pets are normally left outside and you're worried about what they might bring in, you can always set aside an area like a laundry room which is easier to clean.