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Safe Outdoor Temperatures for Dogs

Too hot or too cold for your dog? How do you know? While every dog is different, there are many factors that can help you answer that question. Temperature, fur length/coat type, age and acclimation to cold or hot to name a few.

In cold weather-hypothermia is a severe condition that can cause death. Some of the symptoms are:

  • Shivering
  • Slow breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Fixed pupils
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Coma

A dog suffering from these conditions should be romoved from the coled immediately and taken to a vetrenarian.


Hot weather conditions such as dehydration and heatstroke are just as dangerous. Some symptoms are:

  • Panting
  • Drooling
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Vomiting blood
  • Disorientation
  • Muscle tremors
  • Unconsciousness

The dog should be removed from the heat and cooled off with wet towels and encouraged to drink. Vetrinary care may be needed.


This graphic should provide you with general guidelines for your pet in both hot and cold temperatures!

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