Most of us are aware of the dangers extreme heat poses to our pets, yet not enough is said about the dangers our four-legged friends face in the cold. Many assume that having fur insulates most dogs and cats against the cold. While this is true in a broad sense, many pets get hypothermic too. So how cold is too cold for your dog or cat? Here’s how you can figure it out:
So, when is it too cold for our pets to step outside? Down till 7 °C, breeds of all sizes can handle it—barring any existing medical condition that increases risk, of course. In fact, 7 °C is around the temperature at which the typical person would put on a sweater. Trouble begins below 4 °C, when conditions could be unsafe depending on the kind of pet you own. Small and medium-sized dogs can struggle at 4 °C, depending on their breed. Yet, you can still take them out for a walk, as long as you adhere to some common sense winter safety tips and get them some added layers. At sub-zero temperatures, it does get too cold for most pets. Unless you have a northern breed of dog, like a Husky with a heavy coat, it’s best not to risk your pet’s health—stay home while the cold snap reigns supreme and play indoors with your pet to exercise it.