How Cold Is Too Cold for Dogs?

How cold is too cold for a dog?
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How cold is too cold for dogs?

A common-sense rule of thumb is that if you are uncomfortable in the cold, your dog probably is too!

Signs of hypothermia in dogs

Hypothermia can be life-threatening, so it’s really important to keep a close eye on your dog if they’re out in cold weather.

What to do if your dog gets too cold

How to keep your dog safe in cold weather

Always supervise your dog in cold weather, so you can spot the signs they are getting cold early enough to prevent serious consequences.

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  • FAQ

This will vary depending on the weather as well as the dog’s size, breed, coat thickness, age, and general health. As a general rule, keep an eye on your dog in temperatures below 45°F, below around 32°F is too cold for most dogs and below 20°F they are at risk of hypothermia and serious illness.

This will vary between dogs. It’s best to supervise your dog in the cold: if you aren’t comfortable, your dog probably isn’t either! Generally, dogs shouldn’t be left outside in cold weather.

Many dogs can safely enjoy short periods of play in the snow or cold weather. Many dogs are well equipped for the cold, with thick double coats. However, some dogs are more susceptible to the cold than others. Dogs that are old, very young, slim, small, have sparse coats, or have health conditions won’t cope well in cold weather.

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