How can I tell if my dog is too cold?

Most obvious sign that your  dog is getting cold is shivering,  its natural way for dog’s body to generate heat. However other common indications that you can notice if you dog might suffering from cold can include an unwillingness to go outside, with slow and clumsy movement who can be caused by cold weather! This also can cause your dog to have cold joints and muscles, which will make him to have less energy then normal.

You may already know that some dogs are less tolerant to cold, while others are more tolerant to cold weather, mostly this can be a problem for dog breeds such as: Greyhounds, Chihuahua and more similar breeds, which have different age, body fat, coat and their overall health, and can affect their tolerant towards cold.

Signs that your dog is too cold

So you already asking yourself how  can you tell if your dog is feeling too cold ? Here are some thing and clues to help you  to take a look out for:


Shivering or Trembling

Shiver or tremble can be caused by a many things. It could be from joy that you are home or it could be caused if you dog eat a lot of toxic foods.

Can shivering or Trembling cause serious problems to your dog ?

Shivering and trembling may be symptoms of something serious — like poisoning, kidney disease, or injury. So, if your dog suddenly starts trembling or shivering, it’s important to take note of other symptoms such as diarrheavomiting, or limping. Then talk to your vet right away.

Yes! Shivering and trembling may  cause some serious symptoms like poisoning, kidney disease, or injury etc.

If you notice that your dog suddenly starts trembling or shivering, it’s important to take note of other symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, or limping. Then you will need to take him to vet and talk with him about it!
Cold Dog Ears

Cold Ears Or Body

Dog ears are same as humans so they can get gold when it’s  it’s super cold outside!

Like us when is cold we can’t felt our ears too.  So when your dog comes in from being outside, even your dog’s outer body feels cold.

Can my dog get cold ears inside through winter?

Maybe! High probability of your dog getting cold is influenced by the surrounding temperature. Check if your floor is cold or if you’ve been using the air conditioner. In majority cases, it is the surroundings which cause your dog to have cold ears to.

But don’t worry too much this is normal thing, and it can happen to every dog through winter!


Slowing Movements

If you notice that your dog looks like he is not enjoying playing and being outside, this meant he is feeling the cold. And in this cases this can cause your dog to walk slowly. Often he’ ll  appear hunched over and keep his tail close to his body as if he’s trying to keep himself warm.

Other thing you can notice is that your dog is hiding behind or under some objects during walk outside, this means that he is trying to to find shelter and protect himself from cold winds, snow or rain.

Curling Up

Have you notice your dog to curl up and sleep in the wild, especially when it’s cold but why?

Dr. Gruen says. This gives them warmth tucking into a ball conserves body heat. It also protects their most vulnerable organs in the abdomen from would-be predators.


Walking Gingerly or Limping

Just like humans, dogs sometimes break bones, sprain muscles, slip discs, or tear ligaments, all of which can lead to the sudden onset of limping or movement difficulties.

If your dog start walking gingerly, or limping along the ground or through snow during this is sign that his paws are too cold.

Need some more tips and advices about dog limping you can read here! 


Whining or Whimpering

When your dog  whimper or whine, the canine “cry” can mean one of a million things. As with barking, dogs who whimper or whine are trying to communicate. Excitement, anxiety, frustration, pain, attention seeking, and resource solicitation are all common reasons dogs whine at their people.

What may  cause your dog to whine or whimper through winter ?

Well mostly  when your dog is uncomfortable, he may try to let you know by whining or whimpering or barking. If the dog acts in an unusual way, look carefully to make sure that he is not too exposed to cold and that he has enough protection and sources for warmth in cold weather. If your dog looks agitated and anxious, consider why he may be feeling uncomfortable.  Other signs that may make your dog to whine or whimper are:


Puppies are the biggest culprit of this one. Leave the room, and your puppy may immediately start whining because he wants you to come back and give him more attention. BE CAREFUL! Give in just once and your puppy will continue with this type of whining, and it may even turn into demand barking. Instead, ignore it and only give attention when your dog is quiet.

– Pain

Of course, a dog may whine when they are in pain. If you notice your dog whines when she gets up, goes up and down stairs, or puts weight on a leg, for example, it’s time to see a vet. An old dog may whine when she moves due to arthritis. Paying attention to this whine may save you money at the vet’s, as untreated injuries can be more costly to fix.


Signs of Dangerous Hypothermia

Hypothermia is a medical condition that is characterized by an abnormally low body temperature. It has three phases: mild, moderate, and severe.

  1. Mild hypothermia is classified as a body temperature of 90 – 99°F (or 32 – 35°C).
  2. Moderate hypothermia at 82 – 90°F (28 – 32°C).
  3. Severe hypothermia is any temperature less than 82°F (28°C).

Hypothermia occurs when an animal’s body is no longer able to maintain normal temperature, causing a depression of the central nervous system. It may also affect heart and blood flow, breathing, and the immune system. 

So How to Keep Your Dog Warm This Winter?

Best way you can keep your dog warm is to provide him with a great shelter who will protect him from wind and rain. Good sized, but not oversized, kennel is really important if your dog is going to sleep outside.

Dr Perkins says, “a snug kennel is far better than being put in a large cold room such as a garage. I recommend 

Other factor is to make sure it is well protected from the wind. In extreme winter conditions, dog flaps on the kennel can also provide extra protection.

Some form of bedding and/or blankets is important also, but you need to make sure that your pet’s bed is elevated off the ground a little. Regular exercise is also important.

“If you have a very young or elderly pet, then it may be best to bring them into a small room in the house such as a laundry, with a bed raised off the ground and with some extra bedding,” says Dr Perkins.

Be sure to take the following precautions:

  1. Make sure your dog has a warm, cozy bed and that your house is kept at a reasonable temperature.
  2. Dress dogs who tend to get chilly in a warm coat or sweater—both indoors and outdoors. But if they do wear sweaters indoors, they should also get a chance to let their skin breathe every day for a while, too. Throw the sweater in the wash regularly as well.
  3. If you shave your dog in the summer, be sure to allow enough time for the fur to grow back in time for cold weather. Also, trim the fur around the paw pads to prevent ice and snow from building up during walks.
  4. Don’t bathe dogs outdoors during colder months. Wash them in the bathtub with warm water and dry them off with a towel right away.
  5. Dogs who get wet in the rain or snow should be dried with a towel as soon as you’re back inside.
  6. Of course, dogs should never be left outside in the cold unattended, but if you do see dogs being treated this way, make sure they at least have unfrozen water to drink, straw bedding to burrow in, and adequate shelter—such as a sturdy doghouse—to protect them from the elements. You can even sponsor a dog house for an “outside dog” today.

What happens to dogs that are too cold?

The very young and very old dogs will suffer if not given sufficient provisions to cope with the winter months. Other dogs which are poorly acclimatised may also be affected.

Respiratory issues and arthritis are the biggest problems in cooler months. You may just think your pet is getting old when it stops moving around. However, it may well be that your pet is in pain,” says Dr Perkins.

Being aware of arthritis in any senior pet over eight years of age is important and I recommend senior health checks with your veterinarian to discuss some of these issues.


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