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Animal Care for Albuquerques Cold Winter Months

cold safety albuquerque vetYour dog is walking around in a winter coat, so you don’t need to worry about him getting cold right? Wrong. Though Albuquerque doesn’t get a lot of snow, we do get cold weather. It is a myth that cats and dogs can naturally withstand cold temperatures. There are breeds of dogs, like huskies, that prefer cold temperatures. Most domestic pets are not built to withstand the cold and are susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite.

Cold Weather Tips

  • Always check the weather before leaving your pet outside for any period of time.
  • Put a jacket or sweater on your pet to help keep them warm, especially pets with short hair.
  • Put booties on their paws if they will be running around on ice or snow. The ice and snow can cut the pads of their feet which leads to infections.
  • Don’t leave your dog or cat outside. If you are not going to be home, bring your dog or cat back inside.
  • Don’t leave your dog in the car. Just like in the summer where temperatures in a car can rise with surprising speed, in the winter they can fall with surprising speed. When you leave your dog in the car, you are putting them at risk of hypothermia and death.
  • Dogs shiver to stay warm. If your dog is shivering it is because he is cold.

Signs of Hypothermia:

  • violent shivering followed by listlessness and apathy
  • a rectal temperature of below 97 degrees
  • coma

If you think your dog has exposure or hypothermia, call your Albuquerque vet immediately.

What is Frostbite?

Animals have ways of dealing with cold temperatures but when exposed to extreme freezing temperatures for an extended period these same mechanisms that work to keep them warm and alive can actually cause damage and death to the tissues of their extremities (tips of ears, tail, foot pads.) more commonly


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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.