Can dogs be cold?

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Now that winter is approaching we have assumed that consequently, the temperatures will drop significantly. It will be cold and that will cause that when we go out, and even inside our own houses; we have to protect ourselves with a few extra layers and heating.

As for humans, identifying when we are cold or not is quite controlled. Now, you have not ever wondered: what about dogs? In other words, can our furry ones have and/or feel the cold of winter? Well, pet parents… the answer to all the above questions is a resounding YES.

The main problem is that many Pet Parents do not know how to identify when our dog is cold and we continually question whether we should put a sweater on him or if he has enough with his coat.

Next, we will explain a little more about this topic.

Features to consider

To begin with, it is important to note that all dogs, biologically, have a layer of fat on their skin that serves as a thermal protector; and the same goes for their fur.

Even so, the existence of races that suffer more from the cold than others is a real reality. These are usually small body sizes or breeds with fine or very tiny fur. Examples of breeds that tend to be more sensitive to cold are: Chihuahuas, the Greyhounds, the Yorkshire, the Pinscher, the French Bull Dog, the Pug, the Basset Hound, the Beagle and the Argentine Dogo.

The measure of the legs it should also be taken into account. This is because short-legged breeds are more susceptible to low temperatures because they cool down much faster because their bodies are much closer to the ground.

A third important factor is coat color. Dark-haired dogs suffer less from the cold, since the dark pigment absorbs the high temperature of the sun much more, which allows them to be at a much more regulated body temperature compared to light-coated dogs.

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One last factor to take into consideration, and no less important, is age Of the dog. Being a puppy or, on the contrary, being an elderly dog: it can greatly influence the way you tolerate the cold. In these two extreme ages we must control the temperature of our furry animals a lot for their safety.
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Signs that your dog is cold

It is important to observe our dogs. Seek to know them and understand their body language since most of the time it is with the language they speak to us.

Thus, the main body signals that can tell us that our dog is suffering from cold are: Tremors, drowsiness, dry skin, stiffness, slow breathing, snuggling or, on the contrary, a considerable and continuous increase in physical activity.

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Tips for your dog to better cope with the cold

  • Try that your home has a nice temperature constant.
  • All those furry ones that tend to have characteristics or are of breeds prone to suffering from cold, look for them an indoor sleeping place. On the other hand, those who are already accustomed to the outside, can sleep outside but always in protected places of possible climatic changes.
  • Adapt your bed to the season. In this case, look for a warmer one (you can find very nice ones in our online store or complement the one you already have, with blankets.
  • Change your diet. If your dog suffers from the cold, give him food with a higher caloric amount: to increase his protection. And, never forget to hydrate it with water at a natural temperature.
  • Avoid taking it to the hairdresser in winter. Their hair, along with their body mass, are their main thermal protectors.
  • Cut back on baths. And if it gets wet, dry it very well when you get home. If you want it to smell good without getting it wet, you can use an organic or natural dry shampoo.
  • When going out for a walk, if your furry tolerates them: you can incorporate a coat or sweater. In the case that it is his first time: you should allow him a period of time to get used to the clothes. Do not force it, as it can be very uncomfortable and consequently: cause rejection.

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