|Barked: Sat Nov 24, '07 6:26am PST |
|Dogs, in general, can handle very cold weather quite well, unlike warm weather which they can only tolerate up to about 90 degrees F. and less if it is very humid. Heat stroke is much more common in dogs than hypothermia. My pup, for example, thrives in our cold winters but wilts in the hot desert summer.
In the cold, dogs have the ability to metabolize energy to create heat. However, with single coat dogs and small dogs, their ability to keep themselves warm is less efficient. Shivering is a sign that your pup is trying to generate heat and that it is probably too cold. As Nallah said, the important thing to watch for is frostbite on the paws and also damage from the salt and other chemicals that are put on the sidewalks to melt the snow. You should always wash off your pup's paws after a walk if the sidewalks have been treated.
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