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Thursday, January 21, 2016

What You Should Dog If You See a Dog Shivering in the Cold

Do you know what to do if you see a dog shivering in the cold? Even with their thick coats they are extremely vulnerable. If you see a dog outside without shelter you should contact your local police department. Just like humans, dogs are at risk for hypothermia, frost bite and even death when left in extreme conditions.

Dogs should never be left outside when temperatures drop below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-17.7 degrees C). Breeds with shorter hair like Labradors, Beagles, and greyhounds as well as puppies and older dogs are the most vulnerable.

Warning signs include shivering, lethargy and clumsiness, leading to coma and even death. Experts say it’s always best to keep you dog indoors and not to leave them unattended for extended periods of time. Walking your dog in the cold can also be painful for your dog’s paws. Keep them moist and apply petroleum jelly to their paws before walks in the winter.

Please share and help keep every dog warm and safe this winter.


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