Keeping The Dog Warm: A Complete Guide To Cold Weather

Cold weather and low temperatures have the ability to cause breathing difficulties that can develop into several conditions.
Keeping your dog warm: a complete guide to cold weather

Joint and bone diseases can be aggravated in cold weather. Keeping the dog warm and protecting it from the cold is important to keep it healthy and happy this winter.

It is best to prevent the dog from being cold as soon as possible. This so that their bodies are not harmed.

As a rule of thumb , the dog will show that it is freezing by shaking. However, it is important to be aware of other signs it may also show:

Dogs shake when they freeze
  • Decreased respiratory rhythm (usually the dog stops panting)
  • Slowness or fatigue
  • Fatigue or great sleepiness
  • Dry skin and mucous membranes (may suffer from cuts and abrasions)
  • Canine diseases associated with cold

Keeping your dog warm is the most effective way to avoid diseases associated with this type of climate. Now we will talk about the main pathological processes that are associated with or exacerbated by cold.


Dogs can also catch colds, and the symptoms are very similar to ours. Cold and wet nose, red eyes, high temperature (fever), clogging, fatigue and sneezing.

Kennel cough

This disease is caused by a virus with a high capacity for mutation. It is most contagious at the beginning of autumn and remains highly contagious during the winter. Therefore, it is important to start keeping the dog warm as soon as the summer is over.

It is not a serious disease, but is often difficult to cure and can be very uncomfortable for the animal. If your dog has a cough, fever, vomiting or is stuffy, you should see a veterinarian immediately.

The development of these pathological conditions can lead to serious respiratory diseases. Bronchitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis and pneumonia can start with a simple cold.

Bone or joint diseases

Joint diseases tend to manifest themselves in more severe forms in cold weather. Especially when it also includes high humidity. Older dogs or those with diseases such as dysplasia are most vulnerable. That is why they need more protection than usual.

Many people think that dogs with long, abundant fur do not feel cold. This is a myth, because all dogs can be both too hot and cold. However, their resistance to temperature differences differs, of course, based on size, breed and coat.

Siberian husky, shar pei, samoyed dog, alaskan malamute and chow-chow are the best examples. These dogs tend to have fantastic resistance to temperatures and cold. However, this does not mean that they do not need protection in the winter.

Smaller, hairy dogs are often vulnerable in cold climates. Their bodies are more fragile and not prepared for cold weather, which means they easily get sick.

The dog breeds that need more protection in the winter include: yorkshire terrier, pinscher, french bulldog, boston terrier, pug, chihuahua, miniature bull terrier and chinese crested dog.

1. Influence the environment

In countries with cold winters, it is important to maintain a good temperature in the home. It is best to keep it between 19ºC and 25ºC. Our pet’s resting and sleeping area must have dry, thick, clean blankets.

2. Dress your dog in clothes that keep it warm

There are sweaters, throwing coats and rainwear for dogs of all sizes and ages.

Dog with scarf

3. Take walks together in the sun

Cold weather should not stop us from getting some exercise with our best friend. Physical activity actually helps regulate body temperature and is welcome in the winter. It is best to do the walks in the morning when there is a chance for some sunlight.

4. Build a kennel

Large numbers of animals sleep outdoors. It is important to build or buy a kennel for them so that they do not have to sit outdoors in the winter.

5. Moisturizing creams

Dogs’ ears and legs are very sensitive to cold weather and can dry out and crack. There are specific moisturizing creams for dogs that help prevent and treat this problem. Do not use products for humans on your dog.

6. Massage and warm wraps

Puppies and older dogs often have stiff muscles due to the cold. It is recommended to massage the affected areas with care and then apply a warm wrap for 15 minutes.

To avoid the dog being hit even more by the cold, it is necessary to respect the dates when it comes to deworming and vaccinations. Otherwise, the immune system may weaken and become more vulnerable to disease.

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