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How do you know if your dog is cold?

How do you know if your dog is cold?

Autumn is here, temperatures will start to drop, and you will probably wonder if your doggy is cold too. Indeed, it is not always easy to know if our fur balls feel the temperature changes like we do. So how do you know if your dog is cold? How to protect him if the temperatures are too low ? We will answer all your questions.

Are all dogs cold?


Let's end the suspense, yes dogs feel the cold just like we do. However, they are not all equal when it comes to bad weather. Some can handle it better than others. The reason for this inequality is above all their fur! 

Dogs that are more resistant to the cold are generally doggies that have an insulating undercoat and thick fur. On the other hand, dog breeds with short hair, or with no undercoat and hair, cannot withstand very low temperatures. 

Apart from the coat, other factors that will influence a dog's resistance to cold include age and health status. Puppies, older dogs and sick dogs will be more likely to suffer from the cold. They will also be more vulnerable to winter viruses. It is also noted that small dogs are generally less resistant to the drop in temperature.



How do I know if my dog is suffering from cold?


Here are the signs that your four-legged friend is suffering from the cold:

-shivering

-He lifts his paws one after the other to limit their contact with the ground

-He's breathing more slowly and moving less (his muscles are stiffer)

-he sleeps more and adopts a curled up position to keep warm

-His skin is dry.


All of these signs tell you that your dog is struggling to maintain his body temperature. You must help him because he could catch a cold. Indeed, dogs are not immune to ENT diseases such as bronchitis, laryngitis or even pneumonia. 

It is also useful to strengthen your dog's immune system as winter approaches with a food supplement containing prebiotics and vitamins.


How to help your dog to bear the cold?


If your dog is a northern breed, he shouldn't have too much trouble facing sub-zero temperatures.  On the other hand, if your canine companion has a short coat and little undercoat or if he is a naked dog, then you must take some precautions to improve his daily comfort.

First of all, it's obvious but it's worth remembering, don't let your dog sleep outside in winter. A kennel is not enough to insulate your dog from the frost and cold (except for dogs that are very resistant to the cold such as the St. Bernard, the Husky, or the Samoyed for example). Spending the night outside exposes your dog to the risk of hypothermia. Therefore, have him sleep indoors and provide a cozy basket with a pillow and/or blanket to help your pooch maintain his body heat while resting.

When you walk your dog, you can make him wear a coat. It's not just a fashion accessory, a dog coat has a real purpose. Some breeds of dogs, such as greyhounds and Chihuahuas, need to wear a coat when the temperature drops.

The best thing for these dogs is to get them used to wearing coats from a young age. If it is snowing or freezing, boots may also be necessary to protect your dog's paw padsAlso, avoid grooming your dog in the winter, as this will make him even more vulnerable to the cold! As for walks, you must adapt the schedule to the season. It is better to take your dog out during the sunniest hours. Evening and early morning outings should be shortened to limit heat loss. If it is raining or snowing, don't forget to dry your dog when you get home.

For dogs that are resistant to the cold and can therefore spend more time outdoors, it may be useful to slightly increase the food ration to compensate for the loss of calories. Indeed, these dogs have a thick coat to protect them but also a layer of fat that insulates them from the cold. It is thus necessary to take care that they eat enough to preserve it.

To summarize, yes, our dogs can be cold even if they generally support the winter season rather well. However, we have to be careful for some breeds of dogs which are more fragile. 

It is also important to know that our furry friends can also be affected by winter diseases. So you need to be aware of the signs that your dog needs help to cope with winter. And don't forget to help him fight viruses by boosting his immune system!

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