No matter what the weather, your pets probably enjoy having a romp outside – and that includes during the winter! But as a pet owner, it’s important you know when they are too cold, and needs to get back inside. If you’re playing outside with your dog, make sure to take frequent indoor breaks for your dog to warm up and hydrate.
Signs that can indicate your dog is too cold
Shaking or shivering
Hunched posture with a tucked tail
Whining or barking
Change in behavior, like anxious or uncomfortable
Unwillingness to keep walking or tries to turn around
Seeks places for shelter
Lifts paw off the ground
Signs of hypothermia
If you suspect your dog is showing signs of hypothermia, wrap your dog in a blanket or coat, find a warm shelter, and contact your vet immediately. Signs to watch for include the following:
Slow, shallow breathing
Lack of mental alertness
Fixed and dilated pupils
Loss of consciousness
Though it’s important to pay attention to these things, you shouldn’t wait to see the first signs of discomfort to call your walk quits. If you think it’s too cold for you, then it’s too cold for your pet. While continuing your dog’s exercise necessities during the winter is important, when conditions are especially cold, it’s a good idea to cut your walk short and supplement your pet’s exercise with some indoor activities for dogs.