Hypothermia and Frostbite in Dogs

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Hypothermia and frostbite are two potential problems your dog can suffer from in winter .

Both occur when your dog has been exposed to the cold for too long, and whilst hypothermia and frostbite are treatable they may leave lasting tissue damage if the symptoms are not spotted and treated promptly.

Which dogs are most susceptible ?

  • short haired dogs;
  • small dogs;
  • wet dogs;
  • dogs sensitive to cold weather; and
  • dogs that are outside for long periods of time who do not have access to warm and dry shelter.

Why – because for one reason or another (be it an environmental, genetic or health reason) these dogs find it more difficult to keep their bodies at their normal temperature than dogs who don’t fall into any of these categories.

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