It can (obviously) get pretty cold here in Colorado, and a lot of pet owners don't know exactly what the tolerance for their pet may be when it comes to the cold weather.

Ever since I saw a dog huddled in the corner of a flatbed parked outside during a blizzard years ago, I've wondered to myself-- when is the right time to call animal control when it comes to a dog, cat, or other animal trapped or left outside in the cold?

Thanks to the Larimer Humane Society, there are a few things you can keep in mind this winter. First of all, consider not only the animal's coat length and breed (a good example is a husky vs. a chihuahua-- the husky has a longer coat, and therefore can handle the cold a little better) but also the age and health condition of the animal.

Also consider the weather conditions-- if it's a chilly day but the sun is out, a pet with a darker coat might fare a little better. Overall, though, Larimer Humane Society reminds us that " a good rule of thumb is that if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet."

Click here for more cold-weather welfare tips and just remember: a happy pup is a warm pup.

Source: The Larimer Humane Society