Worry about frostbite when you see these signs:
Monitor outdoor temperatures
While many pets are comfortable outdoors, cold-related injuries can occur at any temperature below freezing (0° C).
Ensure your pet has shelter when spending time outdoors
High winds can decrease the time that a pet is safe outdoors. Pets who do more than zip outside to poop and pee in January need appropriate housing and protection from frigid conditions.
Older pets have a tougher time staying comfortable during the winter
Senior cats and dogs may not be able to move as quickly or stay moving due to arthritis, vision, and general health. Limit their time outdoors if you cannot directly supervise their activity.
Short-coated breeds may need winter jackets and boots
Dogs from Chihuahuas to Great Danes may enjoy the great outdoors for longer periods if they wear garments that help keep out the cold.
Frostbite is not the only cold-related injury we see in the veterinary clinic. Hypothermia occurs when a pet cannot maintain their core body temperature at normal levels.
Blood flows to the important organs in the chest and belly and results in decreased circulation to the legs, tail, and head. Dogs and cats may stumble and shiver in mild cases.
As hypothermia becomes severe, animals may have grey or white gums, appear very stiff, and eventually become comatose. Hypothermia can be fatal without emergency medical help.
Contact your local veterinary hospital if you have concerns about frostbite or other conditions related to winter weather. Your veterinary staff will offer the best advice regarding care to keep your cat or dog their happiest and healthiest. Learn what’s covered and get a free quote today.
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