Unfortunately when it comes to cold conditions we need to keep an eye on our pets particularly smaller breeds and toy breed dogs. They feel the cold easier and its takes them less to be affected. From their size to how they fight the cold, you need to keep an eye out for the symptoms while knowing how to warm them up.
Why Do Small Breed And Toy Breed Dogs Loose Heat Faster Than Larger Breed Dogs?
How Cold Is Too Cold?
Things to remember:
- Shorter and thinner coat breeds don’t do well in the cold due to the lack of protection and insulation
- Toy breed dogs and smaller dogs have a thinner layer of muscle so it takes less for the cold to go through to their bones
- Short-legged and toy breed dogs are at an increased risk during cold conditions as their tummies can come into contact with snow and puddles that will cause them to become colder quicker.
- Energy that is exerted by jumping and waddling through snow will take its toll on strength and heat loss
- Lighter colour coats don’t absorb heat like a dark coloured coat. Darker colour coats can keep your pet warmer as they have absorbed extra heat compared to the light coloured coats.
How Long Can Dogs Be Outside In Cold Weather?
how long you can have your dog out in the cold is important when it comes to
monitoring their health. You can stop your pet from enjoying the outdoors, you
just need to be aware time and conditions.
Remember if you are feeling the cold and you are huddled up in a coat and scarf, then your dog is probably feeling it as well particularly if they are use to being indoors.
How To Keep Your Dog Fit During Winter?
- Play a game- hide and seek the treat/toy/or even you! Throw something to get him or her to walk away from you ie a treat and then you can hide in another part of the house or the toy or another treat and your pup has to come and find you/toy/treat. Great for exercise as your pet rushes around the house looking for you.
- Practice tricks-any trick from rolling over to playing dead, spending this time will create a great bond while giving your pet something to do to keep warm.
- Stimulate their nose-hide a treat under something and they have to go find it. Have 3 cups and put a treat under it, see if they can find it – make it harder by mixing up the cups.
Symptoms Of A Dog Being Too Cold?
You need to keep an eye on your pet during the cooler seasons as it takes less for them to be too cold. If you notice any of these symptoms you should go back inside if you are outside and take immediate action in warming them up. A great tool to have is a dedicated pet thermometer so you can tell exactly how cold your pet is and if they are experiencing hypothermia. A dog’s body temperature usually sits around 100.5-102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If it drops below 100 or above 103, it calls for a trip to your local vet. If you don’t have a thermometer, a good way to check your fur baby’s temperature is by touching his ears or body. If his or her ears feel cold particularly on the outer edges, it is probably time to bring them in. If their body is cool to the touch, you should take action in warming them up. Here are some warning signs for you to keep an eye out for to prevent a trip to the vet:
- Acts Of Anxiety
- Seeking Warmth
- Paws Up (One or two – telling you to pick them up)