Although our dogs have a built-in jacket, they can still feel the cold like the rest of us. So how can we tell if it’s too cold to walk our dogs? Thankfully, this handy guide will help you know when it is.
45 - 60 degrees
It’s thought that most of our dogs will be able to cope in these temperatures, no matter their size. Even the smaller breeds should be well adapted enough to deal with the cooler temperatures, but it’s important to keep an eye on your four-legged friends. If they are older, ill, or suffer from stiffness in their joints when the temperature begins to drop, then you may need to watch to see how they deal with your walks. It’s all about getting to know your dog’s quirks to notice when they may need to take a break from their exercise.
30 - 40 degrees
This is when we need to start keeping a closer watch over our dogs whenever they are outside. Those with thinner coats or shorter hair might benefit from a jacket to keep out the cold, while those with sensitive paws may need some protection on their feet. This is also the time we need to start looking for grit on the sidewalks. This can build up on your canine’s feet and cause them to ingest too much salt if they lick it off, or become uncomfortable if it gets in between their toes.
20 - 25 degrees
Now is the temperature that it’s best to keep the smaller dogs away from the sidewalks. Their bodies being low to the ground means it’s likely they will feel the cold more than larger dogs so it could be time to opt for a quick run in the yard instead. Medium-sized dogs are more likely to be able to cope with the temperature, and larger dogs should be just fine, but once again it’s essential to keep watch on your dog to spot any changes in their behavior.
Below 20 degrees
This is usually too cold for any dogs to be outside on a walk, with the exception of a few breeds, of course. This can be when we begin to see the signs of our dogs developing hypothermia. Shivering, a lack of energy, and being cold to the touch are some of the immediate signs we should look out for. It’s essential to get your dogs inside as soon as possible and wrap them in a warm blanket. If there is no improvement, then it’s probably best to call the vet.
While many of us love getting out and about with our dogs, it seems as though the weather can sometimes put a stop to our fun. Sure, we can enjoy playing in the snow, but our furry friends might not feel the same way - especially as those temperatures continue to drop. Thankfully, this handy guide should help when it comes to deciding whether or not to lace up and hit the sidewalk.