How Cold is Too Cold to Walk Your Dog?
Wintertime happens to be a fun and dangerous season for both humans and pets alike. As we know, playing in the snow can be a lot of fun for both you and dog. However, never neglect the fact that the cold can be dangerous for your dog.
A pooch who gets too cold could develop hypothermia; this is a condition that occurs when the dog’s body temperature falls below average. If the dog’s temperature continues to drop, the breathing and heart rates reduce, the muscles stiffen, and this could lead to death if care is not taken.
One cannot easily know what constitutes weather that is too cold. For instance, a harsh winter wind is capable of creating more wind chill, and this will affect your dog as much as it affects you. In essence, if the cold pushes you to bundle up, then your dog could also be in danger
What Breed Of Dogs Are Vulnerable?
Some dog breeds are capable of handling the chilly temperatures better than others. For example Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds as well as other Northern breeds are going to have little to no problem with the cold weather if they normally dwell in it. In essence, dogs not used to the chilly winter weather may be affected if they are heavy-coated.
Generally speaking, dogs with a short coat will not do well with cold temperatures. Also, toy breeds or dogs with short legs are prone to getting cold faster mainly because their bodies are closer to the ground. As we know, these tiny dogs have to jump through thick snow and as such, they are sure to get chilled and tired quickly.
It is also noteworthy to mention that healthy dogs possess the ability to tolerate frigid temperatures than those dealing with health problems. A dog with kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, cardiovascular problems or hormonal imbalances has higher difficulty in maintaining his body temperature in cold conditions.
How To Be Safe?
If you notice that it’s cold outside and the chilly wind is blowing, try to stay outdoors with your pooch and bring him inside after he’s done with his business. In essence, never leave your furry friend outside if you can avoid it.
Dogs who spend most of their time outdoors also need water that won’t freeze. Today, there are excellent heaters available on the market. You can easily get one on an online dog supply catalog. Feeding him food high in fat will also give him the ability to cope with low temperatures because is an easily metabolized source of energy.
We know that there are some days that you and your dog may like to go for walks in the cold winter weather. There is no crime in that. However, to be on the safer side, try to teach your pooch to wear boots and a jacket so he can stay warm.
Some other days you may notice that your dog wants to play outside in the cold, especially if there’s some beautiful snow on the ground. Allowing your pooch to dash back and forth in the snow is sure to be fun as long as the snow is free of crusts.
All in all, the best thing you can when the temperature drops is to keep an eye on your furry friend. Just pay close attention and if you think it’s too chilly, take him inside.
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