Is my dog feeling cold?

Is my dog feeling cold?

Even though dogs have a furry coat, it does not always mean they are resistant to cold weather. Do you sometimes wonder if your dog is warm enough? Continue reading to learn more about cold dogs.

Signs your dog is cold

Big dogs are more resistant to cold weather than smaller ones. For small dog breeds, 10 degrees is already quite cold. If your dog has short hair, a thin coat, no hair on the belly, he has more risk of hypothermia. Puppies and older dogs have a higher risk too.

You can easily recognize if your dog is cold if he starts shaking, has a harder time breathing, or when the heart rate gets slower. The average body temperature of a dog is between 38 and 39 degrees. If the temperature is lower than 37,5 degrees, we advise you to consult your vet.

Did you know that…

The ears of your dog can be a good indicator of his body temperature? If the ears feel cold, it’s probably a good idea to bring your dog to a warmer place.

What should you do if your dog is experiencing hypothermia?

If you think your dog is hypothermic, you should take him to a warm place. Cover your dog with some blankets to make sure he gets warmer. You can also give your dog some lukewarm water and sugar. Call your vet immediately for further instructions.

How to keep your dog warm

To keep your dog warm, you can use a dog coat. A smaller dog with less body mass will need more warmth than a medium-sized dog.  If you want to learn more about which type of dog coat is perfect for your blog, you can read this blog for more info.

If you have a dog with a thick coat, he will be less likely to need a dog coat. But do take good care of the fur by grooming it regularly. Otherwise, the hair will lose its isolating performance.

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