Does your dog feel the cold? May 09 2016

Will your dog be cold this winter?

Just like humans dogs can feel the cold. Dogs vary in their ability to withstand cold temperatures. Breed, size, the length of the dog’s coat, the presence or absence of an under coat, age, and health all determine how comfortable your dog is during winter.

Small dogs, even breeds with longer hair, feel the cold more than larger breeds. A store-bought coat is a good start but may not be sufficient warming because dogs lose most of their body heat through their paws, ears and respiratory system.

Old dogs with arthritis suffer more than usual during winter.

If your dog is shivering, shows signs of lethargy and depression it may be suffering in the cold or even have mild hypothermia.

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