Even in Arizona, the winter nights can be chilly. Keep a close eye on your furry friend to ensure he or she is warm enough this winter. Bear in mind that dogs with thin coats and short fur will be more sensitive to the cold than dogs with thick, long fur. Never leave your dog outside in bad weather. If your dog does seem chilly, first make sure his or her fur is dry. Then, put on a canine sweater and invite your pal to snuggle under a blanket with you.
Chilly Body Temperature
One of the simplest ways to tell if your dog is getting cold is to feel his or her body. Under ideal conditions, it should feel warm. You can also feel your dog’s ears. If your dog’s ears or body feel cold, get your dog indoors right away and warm him or her up.
Just like people, dogs will shiver when they get too cold. Shivering, shaking, and trembling are the body’s natural responses to the cold. You may also notice that your dog holds the tail close to the body.
You can often tell if your dog’s paws are getting too cold by the way he or she walks. If you’re walking your dog and the ground is chilly, he or she may appear to be limping or walking gingerly. Pick your dog up and take him or her inside. Consider buying a set of dog booties or shoes for winter walks. When you aren’t walking your dog, you may be able to tell if he or she is getting too cold by the way your dog curls up into a ball. This movement is an effort to preserve body heat.
For complete care for every stage of your dog’s life, you can trust the friendly team at Horizon Animal Hospital. Our veterinarians and vet technicians treat every animal like family. Call our clinic in Scottsdale at (480) 800-4559 to request an appointment.