How to tell if a dog has a cold？
Our pets can’t wear scarves, and can’t recommend going indoors to warm up, so we have to be aware of when they are too cold. Recognizing the signs of a pet’s cold can help you avoid dangerous situations such as hypothermia and frostbite. Even if a dog or cat does not experience these dangerous effects of cold, they will still be very uncomfortable. If they experience these signs, they should be brought in.
Signs of your pet’s cold
Most people realize that shaking is a clear sign of a cat or dog cold.
Shaking occurs when the body tries to increase heat production. This is almost always a sign that the animal is too cold and should be protected and protected immediately. It should also be noted that even if the animal is still cold, the shaking will stop after a period of time, so observing that the pet is not shaking does not mean that it is not cold. In addition, very young and very old animals have a reduced ability to tremble and cannot exhibit this behavior even in the uncomfortable or dangerous cold.
Other signs of a dog or cat feeling uncomfortable and cold may be more subtle. Pets may start to “seeking heat”-stopping in a slightly warmer place, such as a place with sunlight or a structure that blocks the wind. Another sign may be raising your paws away from the cold ground.
Pets with a cold may also become anxious, trying to turn home or trying to get you to pick them up. Howling and vocalization may be signs of anxiety, and it may be that your pet has a problem trying to communicate.
Slowing down or stopping to bite cold paws can also be a sign, especially if snow accumulates on the hair between the toes.
Which pets are at risk?
Some dog and cat breeds are more susceptible to cold temperatures than others.
Although it is easy to think that dogs and cats always wear coats because they have fur, some breeds have thinner hair or lack primer-they are actually just wearing a piece of clothing equivalent to a light-colored sweater! In addition, many pets have less hair on their abdomen, groin, and ears, exposing these areas and losing more heat.
Cats and smaller dogs have a higher risk of becoming too cold because larger dogs have more surface area per pound. This allows for greater relative heat loss than large animals.
However, larger, snow-friendly varieties such as Huskies and St. Bernards can become too cold in harsh conditions such as wind and rain. A wet coat allows heat to be lost through evaporation and will greatly reduce the pet’s ability to withstand moderately low temperatures.
How to tell if a dog has a cold？
Will pets be too cold indoors?
Pets may also show signs of cold indoors.
Although typical indoor temperatures are not dangerous for most dogs or cats, more sensitive animals may still feel uncomfortably cold. Pet parents may notice a dog or cat curled up tightly to reduce the surface area or find a warm place in the house, such as a sunny window. Pets can also try to find a warm place under furniture or blankets.
Although indoor temperature is generally safe, very young, old or sick pets may have difficulty controlling their core body temperature even when indoors.
Humidity can also make the indoor environment unsafe for at-risk pets. Basements or poorly sealed windows may get wet. In addition to causing cold, these conditions can also cause joint pain. Watch for signs of cold and discomfort, such as shaking, trying to curl up to reduce surface area, wailing, or lying close to you or another animal to keep warm.
Keep in mind that “indoors” that lack insulation, such as cars and garages, can become quite cold. Although in such a space, your pets are usually protected from wind, rain, and snow, in cold weather, they can easily become dangerous and cold. Never assume that pets staying in such a “shelter” are safe in cold weather.
Hypothermia and pets: what you need to know
If a cold pet is not brought to a warm place indoors, hypothermia may occur. Hypothermia means that the core body temperature starts to fall below normal levels, which occurs when the animal cannot compensate for the loss of body heat to the surrounding air.
The normal body temperature of a dog or cat is between 38-39.1 degrees Celsius. When the temperature drops below 37.8 degrees Celsius, signs of hypothermia may appear as the body tries to conserve heat for key core body functions. Signs of hypothermia include tremors, pale paw pads or ears, and decreased heart rate and breathing rate. Pets with a severe colds may become lethargic or unresponsive.
Hypothermia requires immediate attention from the veterinarian. (Remember, in the case of prolonged hypothermia, the tremor will stop even if the hypothermia continues, so never assume that the lack of tremor will rule out hypothermia.)
Monitor the body language and behavior of your furry friends, and pay attention to your pet’s characteristics in resisting cold temperatures. Doing so will help keep your pet comfortable and happy, and safe during the winter.
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