Know Your Pet's Cold Weather Limits

Just like people, pets’ cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their
coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. Be aware of your pet’s
tolerance for cold weather, and adjust accordingly. You will probably need to
shorten your dog’s walks in very cold weather to protect you both from
weather-associated health risks. Arthritic and elderly pets may have more
difficulty walking on snow and ice and may be more prone to slipping and
falling. Long-haired or thick-coated dogs tend to be more cold-tolerant, but are
still at risk in cold weather. Short-haired pets feel the cold faster because
they have less protection, and short-legged pets may become cold faster because
their bellies and bodies are more likely to come into contact with snow-covered
ground. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal
imbalances (such as Cushing’s disease) may have a harder time regulating their
body temperature, and may be more susceptible to problems from temperature
extremes. The same goes for very young and very old pets. If you need help
determining your pet’s temperature limits, please consult your veterinarian.

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