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Brrrrr....more cold weather tips


Even a dog's fur coat is of no help during a bitter cold. They're just as sensitive as us to a drop in the temperature. If the outside temperature falls below 50 ºF, smaller to medium-sized dogs begin to feel the cold . Larger dogs can usually tolerate temperatures up to 40 ºF. Either way, when the weather is cold, it's time to make sure your precious fur babies are indoors.

Feeling your dog's ears is a good way to tell their temperature. If the ears feel cold, particularly around the edges, it might be time to take them inside and cover them with a blanket. You can also touch their body. If it feels cold rather than warm, it is likely your dog is too cold. Let them warm up slowly under a comfortable cover.

If your dog appears extremely sleepy and lethargic or moving in a disoriented way, this also be a sign that your dog may be extremely cold and at risk of hypothermia. If your dog is barely moving and seems to have difficulty breathing, you should go take your dog to your vet immediately.