When it's cold outside and we must brave the elements you and I simply bundle up. Throw on a jacket or coat and maybe a hat with some gloves during the winter season. But what about our furry friends? They have coats of their own but how do you know when it's too cold for them to be outside?
Here are some tips to keep your pets safe from the cold.
- Once the temperature reaches 45 degrees or lower it's time to pay attention to how your pet handles the cold temps, the lower the temperature goes from there the higher the risks are of your animal getting hypothermia or frostbite.
- A pet like a dog or cat will be able to tolerate the cold better the larger they are. If they have a thick coat of fur they will also be better off than their short hair brethren. For example, a Husky will handle the cold much better than a Chihuahua.
- When it's super cold out keep walks outside with your pets short and sweet. It takes dogs about 10 days to get used to temperature changes.
- If the weather is extremely cold you might need to get a coat or cover for your pet for when they go outside.
- When your dog or cat is inside give them a heat source, if you see them shivering get them a blanket or a warmer bed.
- If you are in a snowy area be wary of salt or antifreeze placed on sidewalks it can be toxic to your dog. Wipe their paws after you come back inside.