Last time out, I discussed how heat and humidity can pose serious health risks for your dogs. This time, I will mention some tidbits and pointers about the complete opposite set of weather conditions: the cold.
Just like with the heat, a dog’s cold tolerance can greatly depend on dog breed, dog size, and dog age as well as the general health of the dog. You will need to shorten your dog’s walks if it is too cold for them to be outside comfortably. Dogs in their twilight years and dogs who suffer from arthritis will no doubt have a more difficult time walking on snow or ice. Short haired pets and those with smaller legs get colder faster. And dogs with long hair or thick coats, while able to tolerate the cold better, are still at risk of cold related illnesses, so it is best to play it safe with them as well. Dogs with Diabetes, Hormonal imbalances, Heart Disease, or Kidney Disease will have a harder time regulating their body temperature in any kind of weather conditions, so you should take special care of those dogs when they are outside. When dogs are going to sleep, they may deviate from their normal resting place depending on their individual needs for more or less warmth. Therefore, it is a good idea to provide multiple sleeping areas of more or less warmth than normal so they can go somewhere else if they need to. Consult your veterinarian to determine your dog’s comfortable temperature range.