Hypothermia in Dogs: How to Keep Your Pet Warm in Winter

September 30, 2013 by CozyWinters

heated dog bedDoes your dog stay outside year round? Do you take him hunting in the winter? Does he like to frolic in the snow?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need to take extra precautions to protect your pet against hypothermia.

That’s right: despite their heavy coats, dogs are still vulnerable to hypothermia and frostbite when exposed to extreme cold for lengthy periods.

The symptoms of hypothermia in dogs are similar to what humans experience and may include excessive shivering, staggering while walking, listlessness, and clumsiness or loss of coordination.

To ensure your favorite canine companion makes it through the winter in tiptop shape, it’s vital that you keep him as warm as possible even when he’s outdoors. Here’s how to do it:

– Provide a sturdy dog house or other suitable shelter to block out the wind and cold
– Look into dog house heating options from CozyWinters.com, including furnaces and bed warmers
– Give your pet plenty of opportunities to stay active via regular walks and play sessions
– Increase your best friend’s daily food rations to help ensure he has adequate fat to insulate his body against the cold
– Consider outfitting your dog with a jacket, sweater, or booties for additional protection against the elements
– If possible, bring your pet indoors when overnight temperatures are expected to be dangerously low or when a big storm is slated to hit your area

Even the heartiest breeds need help to stay warm through a brutal winter. Follow the tips listed here and visit CozyWinters.com now to browse our complete selection of heated dog beds, self-warming beds, dog house furnaces, and other cold weather pet gear.

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