Winter is well established and temperatures are dropping. When you walk your dog, you are cold and you ask yourself a question: is your dog cold too? To find out, you must observe him and especially identify the signs that show that he is not comfortable with freezing temperatures. Here is how to know if your dog is cold and especially how to protect him from winter temperatures.
Is my dog cold?
Dogs who love the cold
In winter, a dog can get cold. You should know that all canines do not have the same resistance to cold. Some fear low temperatures. Other dog breeds love the cold, such as the following dogs:
- The Saint-Bernard,
- The Tibetan Mastiff,
- The American Akita,
- The Norwegian Elk Dog,
- The Leonberger,
- The Bernese Mountain Dog,
- The Spitz-Loup,
- The Chow-Chow,
- The Pyrenean Mountain Dog.
Dogs who fear the cold
While some dogs love the cold, others fear it. Among them are dogs that have a thin coat and dogs of small stature. Even if a dog has been resistant all his life, it is possible that with age he will be less so. Osteoarthritis can also weaken a dog and make it more vulnerable to the cold. Young dogs need to get used to the frost.
Among the dogs that fear the cold, there are:
- The Chihuahua,
- The Mexican Hairless Dog (Xoloitzcuintle),
- The Chinese Crested Dog,
- The Miniature Pinscher,
- The Rat Terrier,
- The Toy Poodle,
- The Dachshund,
- The Bulldog,
- The Boxer,
- The Dalmatian.
Be aware that this list is not exhaustive and that all dogs can get cold. To know if yours is suffering from low temperatures, you need to watch for the signs.
What are the signs your dog is cold?
If your dog is cold, he won’t necessarily let you know. However, there are some signs that you should also watch out for. Here are the ones to watch out for.
- Your dog is shaking, sometimes continuously. If he has his tail between his hind legs, he is stressed. On the other hand, if its tail is in its normal place, then it is because it is cold.
- Your dog is looking for warmth. It is placed near radiators, the fireplace or the oven.
- Your dog does not like walks. He doesn’t have the same joy going out as when the weather is nice, and he doesn’t show any excitement when he’s outside.
- Your dog curls up.
- Your dog is trying to get under a blanket or plaid.
- Your dog doesn’t want to sit outside. When the ground is cold, it does not want to stand still and lifts its legs one after the other.
You know your dog well. This is why if it is cold, you will know whether or not it supports the icy atmosphere.
How do you know if a dog is hypothermic?
A dog that is subjected to the cold for an extended period of time may experience hypothermia. This is true if your companion’s body temperature is below 38 ° C. However, before you worry, know that if your dog has a body temperature between 37.5 ° C and 38 ° C when he comes back from a walk in winter, it is normal! On the other hand, under 35 ° C, its vital prognosis is engaged.
Here are the signs of severe hypothermia.
- Your dog’s heart rate slows down.
- Your dog’s pulse is weak.
- Your dog’s mucous membranes are pale, sometimes they are even blue.
- Your dog’s pupils are dilated.
- Your dog suffers from tremors.
- Your dog seems a little lost.
How to react in case of hypothermia?
If your dog suffers from hypothermia, you immediately put him warm. If you are outside, go home. Then take his temperature. This approach allows us to know the severity of hypothermia. The temperature should be taken rectally. Then put your dog in a blanket. It is possible to use hot water bottles but be careful, they must not be in direct contact with your animal. It is also possible to make your companion take a bath. Place it in water with a temperature between 30 ° C and 34 ° C.
Should I make my dog wear a coat?
For many, making a dog wear clothes is purely aesthetic. However, this is more than a trend. Putting a coat on your dog helps protect him from the cold. If your dog is fragile, elderly, or the temperatures are particularly low, then investing in dog clothing is a great way to fight the cold. You can opt for the coat but also for the boots which protect the so fragile pads. Plan to wear clothes that are comfortable to wear so that he does not refuse to put them on.
A healthy dog
Having a healthy dog is essential. A fragile dog is less resistant to cold. By taking care of your dog, you maximize his chances of facing the cold all winter. How to do it ? Here are our tips.
In order for your dog to be in great shape, you need to feed him well. He should have all the vitamins and minerals he needs. It is also necessary that the diet is perfectly adapted to the dog if it suffers from a pathology. For example, a dog who suffers from diabetes, urinary disorders, obesity or even digestive disorders must have specific kibbles.
In order for a dog to be healthy, it also needs to get enough physical activity. Every day, you have to take him for a walk so that he does his business of course but also so that he enjoys the outdoors. If you have a garden, give it access to your outdoors.
A healthy dog is a happy dog. Make sure to bond with your pet. To do this, just play with him and cuddle him. Finally have it followed by a veterinarian. Your animal must be up to date with its vaccines, it must be dewormed every 3 months and have regular monitoring. During meetings, do not hesitate to ask any questions you have!