Winter Pet Considerations: Are They Warm Enough?

In a previous post, we talked about how to protect your dog during the harsh winter months and keep him or her comfortable. Depending on your dog’s breed, size, coat and health, he may need to be bundled up a bit more to go outside.

Cold tolerance varies from dog to dog, so depending on where you live, you might need to take some extra precautions this winter. Read on to discover some insights about your dog’s warmth and comfort level, and protect him with a Dog Bite Liability Insurance policy.

Think about breed and height.

Certain breeds, such as huskies and malamutes, were bred to withstand extremely cold temperatures. On the contrary, greyhounds are sleek and lack the fur or body fat necessary to keep them warm in winter. Similarly, shorter dogs such as a basset hounds have stomachs that are more likely to touch the ground, making it more challenging to stay warm outdoors as well.

Consider the health and age of your dog.

According to Rover, life stage and overall health, in addition to breed and body composition, also make a difference in your dog’s winter warmth. Just like humans, very young and very old dogs have a harder time regulating body temperature than healthy dogs in the prime of their lives.

Some dog health- and age-related issues to consider in cold weather include:

  • Elderly and arthritic pets may have more difficulty walking on snow and ice
  • Dogs with heart disease, kidney disease, or endocrine disorders may have a harder time regulating their body temperature
  • Very young puppies are extra-vulnerable to cold temperatures (and they’re also lower to the snowy ground)

If your dog has any of the above-mentioned conditions or is a puppy or senior, it’s best to limit their time outdoors during winter.

Is your dog too cold?

If you are uncomfortable outside, chances are, your dog is too. Here’s how to tell the temperatures have plummeted to an uncomfortable level for your dog:

  • Shivering
  • Trembling
  • Refusing to walk
  • Tucking tail between his legs
  • Ears and nose are cold

Most of these are self-explanatory, but here are some tips for keeping your dog warm enough:

  • Bring him indoors
  • Provide blankets and beds for him
  • Invest in a pet heating pad so he can warm up after being outside
  • Suit up your dog with booties and/or jackets before going outside
  • Dry your dog off when coming inside to rid them of excess water

About FIDO

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.