How to Tell if Your Puppy is Too Cold

by Perfect Puppy Care on June 22, 2012

Cold Puppy

As a caring puppy owner, you probably spend a lot of your time wondering is Fido is happy, healthy, and generally thriving under your tender loving care. This admirable concern for your new pet may extend to wondering if your puppy is too cold sometimes.

Since puppies are so rambunctious and so active, it is possible for them to catch a chill. After returning from a lot of running around outdoors, your puppy may become overheated and then cool down too quickly inside of a chilly house or apartment. These extreme changes in body temperature may lead to serious coldness and plenty of discomfort.

Certain illnesses may also give your puppy “the chills”, and these illnesses may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms, such as fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite. If you puppy seems ill, a trip to the veterinarian is the best strategy.

Even if your puppy seems generally healthy, he or she may get very cold at times, and you should know that, like all other animals (and people), puppies need sufficient warmth to be comfortable. Therefore, learning the signs and signals of a cold puppy is really quite important.

To help you understand how young canines show that they are chilly (or downright freezing!), we’ve compiled a helpful quick guide that will give you a handle on your adorable pet’s body language and exactly what it means.

Here are some things to watch for the next time you wonder whether or not your little pup is cold:

Shivering – Like their human counterparts, young canines tend to shiver when the temperature drops. If your puppy is shivering at home, it may have something to do with the cold floors of your home. Some homes have stone, tile, linoleum or hardwood flooring that gets rather frigid at times, particularly at night.

To combat puppy shivering that leaves you feeling concerned, consider warming up your pup’s special resting or sleeping place by putting a nice, cozy dog bed or dog nest on top of the flooring.

A dog bed is a lovely, soft place for a puppy to rest, and it will keep your pet off of a cold floor that may provoke uncomfortable bouts of shivering. Most online pet accessory stores sell dog beds in a variety of styles, such as “nests” with high fabric walls that will give your puppy a pleasant sense of privacy and security.

Other dog beds, such as lightly-padded dog mattresses, don’t feature these walls, but they are usually much more affordable. Dog beds, whether basic or deluxe, will shield Fido from icy flooring and the chills that it may cause, as long as they are quality products purchased from a reputable pet accessory outlet.

Giving your dog a blanket designed especially for canines is also a great strategy when your puppy is shivering. Even an old fleece blanket that carries your special smell may become a particular favorite.

Curling Up in a Ball – Sometimes, dogs of all ages curl up in a tight ball when they are cold, in order to take advantage of their own body heat. Often, going out in cold weather may cause this behaviour to begin once your puppy is back at home.

Certain breeds of dogs don’t do well in cold outdoor temperatures, especially when they are very young. Examples of puppies that may need dog sweaters, coats and/or booties in miserable weather include toy breeds, Boston Terriers, and Chihuahuas. If Fido is curling up in a ball quite a bit, it may be time to invest in some chic, weatherproof outerwear for your pet.

As well, be sure that you dry your pup off properly after a foray in wet or snowy weather. You will need to take off any ice balls or small chunks of snow that are stuck to your dog’s coat, and you may need a couple of clean, fluffy towels or a hair dryer to get rid of excess moisture. One added bonus of drying off your pet in this manner is that there will be less chance of dreaded “wet dog smell”.

One great strategy for coping with either of these signs of puppy coldness is to give your pet a nice, comforting rubdown. Be gentle, and stroke your pet from neck to tail until he or she feels warmer.

Now that you know the main signs that your puppy is cold, you have the information that you need to take
better care of your beloved canine buddy. By adjusting temperatures, buying the right dog bed and blankets, administering a little warming puppy massage, and making sure that you pet is dressed appropriately for outdoor activities, you will ensure that your sweet and innocent, loyal puppy friend is warm, comfy and content.

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