Some pet owners tend to forget about the risk of cold winter weather for their pets. Dogs that have short hair and small breed dogs are particularly sensitive to the cold. Also, puppies, older dogs and dogs with health conditions may feel too cold faster than other dogs, even healthy dogs with thick fur, will feel the cold if their hair gets matted or wet. Prolonged exposure to the cold can lead to hypothermia in some dogs.
How can you tell if your dog is very cold? You look at behavioural and situational clues. Here's some things to look out for:
Trembling | Sleepiness | Slow breathing | Slow mobility | Dry Skin
How Cold Is It Outside?
The most obvious thing to look at is how cold is it outside if you need a warm coat so does your dog.
Cold Ears Or Body
Feeling your dog's ears is a good way to tell his temperature. If the ears feel cold, particularly around the edges, it might be time to take him inside and cover him with a blanket. You can also touch their body. If it feels cold rather than warm, it is likely your dog is too cold.
Shivering or Trembling
Dogs react to the cold a lot like we do. If your dog is shivering or trembling, holding his tail close to his body, and trying to seek shelter from cold winds, he may be feeling cold. Shivering, shaking and trembling are ways that the body reacts to try to keep warm.
If you dog looks like he is not enjoying being outside, he is likely feeling the cold. Your dog will walk slowly. Often, he'll appear hunched over and keep his tail close to his body. If your pup is trying to hide behind or under objects during a walk as well, he's probably trying to seek shelter from cold winds, snow, or rain.
If your dog is curling into a ball or he is hunched over with the tail tucked in and shivering, it's likely in an attempt to warm himself with body heat.
Walking Gingerly Or Limping
If your dog is walking gingerly, or limping along the ground or through snow during the winter season, it's a sign that his paws are too cold.
Whining or Whimpering
If your dog is uncomfortable, he may try to let you know by whining or whimpering or barking. If the dog acts in an unusual way, look carefully at his surroundings to make sure that he is not too exposed to wind or cold and that he has enough protection and sources for warmth in cold weather. If your dog looks agitated and anxious, consider why he may be feeling uncomfortable.
Our super warm Reversable Merino Coats will provide excellent protection for your dog In cold and windy conditions.
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