When is it TOO Cold for your Pets?

The snow doesn’t stop Huggins from playing with her Crinkit!

I know the snow is exciting, but with the temperatures quickly dropping, I am already thinking spring…  Unfortunately, it looks like the cold weather may just be starting.  My dogs couldn’t be happier with the snow as they are having a blast chasing snowballs, pouncing through the drifts, and sliding across the icy driveway.  But when is it time to be concerned that they are spending too much time out in the frigid temperatures?  Here are some tips when it comes to exposing your pets to the cold.

  • Be informed…  How well your pet can tolerate the cold depends on his age, health, and coat density.  Read up on your breed to see how well it typically does in the cold.
  • Be attentive to how your pet reacts when you let her out.  Look for signs of shivering or discomfort. Pay attention to how she steps; the pads of your pet’s feet are especially sensitive to the cold!
  • Your pet needs to acclimate to cold weather just like we do.  If you are traveling to a colder climate, your pet may not be used to this.  Only let him out in the cold as long as necessary until he becomes more comfortable with his new climate.
  • Don’t leave your pets out in the cold for prolonged periods of time, especially if they are not being active, like during playtime or a walk.

Since all of our animals can handle the cold differently, there is not one designated temperature for being TOO cold for your pets.  It is often up to you to know your pet’s comfort level and make an educated judgment call.  But if cold temperatures aren’t going to stop your furry family members from enjoying some outside time, make sure to read Cold Weather Tips for your Dog to keep them safe as the mercury drops!  And regardless of the temperature, remember it’s never too cold to be healthy…  So whether it is inside or out, make sure you and your pets stay warm and stay active this winter!  

written by Maria, “Mama Dingo”

Written on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 at 01:51PM

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