ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- It might surprise some to discover how residents of the Seneca Park Zoo are coping with the cold conditions.
Despite the low temperatures, baboons, tigers and lions all seemed to enjoy being outside at the Seneca Park Zoo on Friday. They made use of the heated rocks, wind blocks and other accommodations the zoo provides.
"There's very few animals that we actually have to lock in during that temperature," said Gail Tabone, Assistant Zoo Director. "Most of the animals want to be out and have the choice to go out."
But what about furry friends at home? For domestic dogs and cats, veterinarians say the choice depends on the pet.
"So big fluffy dogs like Newfoundlands are pretty hard and are going to be able to stay outside for extended periods of time and not have as much of a concern compared to a small, shorter haired dog. A good example would be a Chihuahua, which will only tolerate the outdoors for a short period of time. Kind of read your patient and see what the want to tolerate," said Dr. Katrina Thornton, from Penfield Veterinary Hospital.
As for cats, it's important to make sure they don't end up somewhere they shouldn't be.
"Cats seek the warmth,” added Dr. Thornton. “If you are outside with your cat, get in the habit of knocking on the hood of your car. That way if a cat tries to nuzzle up against a warm engine, they'll have time to get away before you start it."
For a full list of additional Winter Tips for Pets from the ASPCA, visit https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/cold-weather-safety-tips