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Winter weather is here.  As we bundle up in jackets and gloves to stay warm outside it is important to remember that our furry companions get cold too.

Not all pets respond to cold the same way. For example, dog breeds such as Malamutes, Huskies and Saint Bernards with thicker fur and larger body size are more likely to enjoy cooler weather.  In contrast, those with thinner coats, smaller stature or less body fat, such as Chihuahuas, Terriers, Great Danes and cats, may be more sensitive to lower temperatures.

There is no single rule for determining what temperature is too cold for every pet.  As a rule, any temperature below – 10 degrees Celsius can become potentially life threatening to most pets.

Signs that your pet may be too cold include:

  • shivering
  • tucking their legs, tail or head closer to their torso
  • keeping their ears pinned back against their head
  • lifting their paws constantly
  • moving slowly

If you notice any of the above symptoms, it time to warm up!  Always make sure your pet has access to a nice warm place, either inside your house or an appropriately insulated shelter.

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