Winter temperatures can be dangerous for your dog, and pet parents and guardians need to take care to ensure that dogs stay warm and comfortable. Conditions vary in geographic areas, and often varying breeds can differ in terms of tolerance.
Dangerous temperatures can be in the -10 degrees Celsius – 15 degees Celsius and lower, no matter what type of breed you have. Some shorter hair breeds like the French Bulldog may not tolerate the harsher temperatures as well as dogs like Newfoundland and Husky, for example.
It is a very good idea to become familiar with your breed to be able to recognize the signs that your dog needs to come inside. This is also where dog clothing and dog apparel can be very practical and useful. Insulating dog suits and dog snow suits with and without booties help to ensure that your pet is safe and warm. Booties not only funciton to keep the dog warm, they can also protect against road salt. The salt pellets can become lodged between the dog’s paws, irritating the skin.
If you notice that your dog has become too cold, bring your dog into the warmth, and wrap in a warm blanket and dry your dog off as quickly as possible. When your dog resumes activity, you will know that this is more normal.
Suggestions for keeping your dog safe and warm in winter:
- Always check the weather reports in your area to find out if there is a cold weather warning approaching
- Do not leave your dog inside unattended in a cold vehicle
- Keep your dog active while outside and observe for any signs of cold-related symptoms
- Do not leave your dog alone outside
- Consider insulating dog clothing like dog sweaters, dog snow suits, dog booties, dog blankets
- Always travel with an insulating blanket, and dog first aid kit in case of emergency