Wind chills and dogs

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Our question this week was:

Can my adult coonhound survive in below 0 wind chills?

Darlene Barbosa

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Hi – thanks for your email. I realize it has been very cold in many parts of the country this past week. Below 0 wind chills is very cold.

With proper good quality shelter in a healthy dog, they can survive in those conditions. I'd recommend that you provide good quality insulated shelter at a minimum. During temperature extremes, it would be ideal to allow your dog in the house (even the garage or basement).

Does at most risk for cold related problems include:

  • Dogs less than 6 months old or geriatric dogs
  • Sick, underweight pets or those on medications
  • Prolonged exposure or being wet
  • Previous cold-related injuries, such as frostbite.
  • Pets that maintain a "cramped position"

    An article that might be helpful to you is on our Petplace.com is How does the wind chill factor affect your dog?

    Also, you might like this article Winter Care for the Outdoor Dog.

    Best of luck!

    Dr. Debra

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