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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