One of the coldest MLK Jr. days on record, humans and pets adjusting

Coldest Temperatures of the season forcing adjustments

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(ABC 6 News) – We have had to adjust by layering up once again, but pets might struggle more.

The salt put down to help prevent ice can irritate and/or hurt a pet’s paws. It has the same effect as when you put salt on a human’s wound.

Supervisor of Leashes and Leads in Byron Jenna Behnke echoes this. “Sweaters are certainly important for certain breeds and definitely booties. When it’s super cold out, keeping that raw paw pad, it’s important to have those booties for protection.”

Emma Van Benschoten has also made the seasonal adjustments for her well-being, “I usually start my car a ahead of time and bring my mittens everywhere lately.”

To put into perspective how far below average we are for temperatures, we are not that far off of the coldest record high for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The record at Rochester International Airport is -9°F set back in 1994, and we have been sub-zero all day Monday.

We do have warmer weather arriving in the near future, which should make it much easier for outdoor activities, especially when it’s as gorgeous as those skies have been the past couple days.