It’s commonly known that keeping your dog healthy and happy necessitates a daily walk outdoors, but what should you do when it’s freezing outside? Is it even healthy for your dog to be outside when it’s too cold? Let’s have a look at those risks related to winter weather and how can you overcome them to enjoy your moments with your lovely heart-warming dog.
Dogs are created differently
Dogs are like us humans, they are individuals. Each dog has his own characteristics that make him different from other dogs. Some dogs tolerate cold weather while other can’t. so, what are the characteristics that affect how dogs respond to the cold?
The type of coat
Siberian huskies which have double-layered thick coats are known to be the most cold- tolerant dogs ever because they are born and raised in northern part of the world which have a freezing climate. In the other hand, dogs, that have thin coat, such as Greyhounds suffer the most in cold weather. Unlike the huskies, these dogs aren’t well-built anatomically, psychologically and even behaviorally.
The color of coat
The coat’s color of your dog plays an important role in absorbing the heat from the sunlight. Dark colors such as black or brown absorb the heat from the sunlight and keep your dog warm.
Size is important and can’t be neglected. For instance, if your dog is small it loses heat rapidly. Small dogs have more skin comparing to their inside and that’s why they get colder more than large dogs.
We can’t talk about the size without talking about the weight since they are both important. So, body fat is really useful when it comes to protecting your dog against the cold weather. Simply, it’s considered as a second layer after the coat which covers your dog and keeps it warm from the inside. That’s why small dogs tend to get colder quicker.
The age and health
In comparison to healthy dogs, those too young, too old and unhealthy dogs are unable to regulate their body temperature and that’s why it’s crucial to take care of them and give them special treatment until they overcome this risky situation.
Temperatures are created differently
Temperature isn’t always what we register using the thermometer! Moreover, it’s not the only factor that affects how your pet feels the cold.
A brisk breeze
This wind chill cuts through the coat of your pet rapidly and diminishes its ability to fight the cold.
Dampness such as rain, snow or fog tend to soak through your pet’s coat and chills him even if the weather is clear.
We said above that when it’s sunny dogs tend to absorb the heat from the sunlight but it’s not always the true when it’s cloudy, that’s, clouds prevent your dog getting that heat.
Your dog can generate heat from different physical activities while his playing outside in low temperature weather.
Guidelines of cold temperature
As a conclusion, I’d say that cold temperature should never be a problem to you until it falls lower than 43F in which case some dogs feel uncomfortable. But when it falls lower than 30F, owners of those too young, tool old and sick dogs must be careful of their dogs because a special treatment should take place. While the owners of all types of dogs should pay close attention to the health of their dogs when the temperature falls below 20F otherwise they would develop hypothermia and frostbite.
Probably the most effective way to protect your lovely dog is to keep an eye on him while you’re walking him outside. There’re certain things you should keep in mind to monitor your dog. For instance, when he behaves strangely; when he lifts one paw once in a while or when he shivers. Then you should for sure head back Inside.