As the winter months near, we thought it would be a good idea to provide some great information for new dog owners, or offer a refresh to those of you that are seasoned pros.
It’s easy for us at humans to take all of the necessary precautions to prevent us from freezing or suffering from hypothermia. We can layer our, purchase warm socks, drink a cup of hot joe or cider, and curl of next to the fireplace. It is not quite as easy for man’s best friend. What this means for us is that we need to be aware of what keep are pups warm and healthy.
Whether you live in a warm state and need to take precautions from overheating and dehydrating, or you live in a winter wonderland and need to take precautions of hypothermia and keeping your dog warm, the bottom line is we need to be aware of a few things.
A dogs body temperature is higher than that of a humans. On average it is about 101-102 degrees. That means they can overheat fast and withstand cooler weather a bit better. However, like humans there is to cold for them as well. If their body temperature drops below 99 degrees, or over 103 degrees, it can be very dangerous for their health. It make it our responsibility as pet owners to keep their body temps in a safe range, between 99.5-103 degrees. Below or above that is very unhealthy for your animal. You should seek immediate professional assistance and take them to a vet as soon as possible.